The Julius Quartet, a chamber music ensemble formed in fall 2012 in New England, recently won the 2017 Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The two-year fellowship, available to chamber music groups internationally, offers an annual stipend, support for a career-advancing project, participation in master classes and workshops with visiting artists, extensive performance opportunities in Dallas and more. It is coordinated by award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd, director of chamber music at SMU Meadows and a former member of the Escher String Quartet. The Julius Quartet will be in residence at SMU through May 2019. Three of the members took time to talk to us about their personal experiences with chamber music in general as well as at SMU.
With fewer than 200 Music Therapy internships available each year in the United States, receiving an internship is nothing less than impressive. Senior Music Therapy major Caitlyn Etter, who recently accepted an internship in Tallahassee for fall 2018, sat down with us to give us some insight on what makes SMU’s Music Therapy program stand out from all the others.
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SMU has offered a minor in Musical Theatre for a few years now. This fall, the Division of Music is bringing a whole new performance factor to Meadows. To give us the scoop, Virginia Dupuy, a professor of voice at SMU, and Steven Jones, the founder and producer of professional musical theatre company Lyric Stage in Dallas, sat down with us to explain why musical theatre fans should look forward to this November.
Not many music schools can brag that 100% of their Music Education and Music Therapy students have jobs lined up when they graduate, but SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts can.
Award-winning violinist Aaron Boyd was recently appointed the new director of chamber music at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, following a national search. Professor Boyd took time to talk with us about his personal experience with chamber music and his involvement with the esteemed Escher String Quartet. What do you find so appealing about chamber music? It so happens that, in almost every case, the greatest composers wrote their greatest works for chamber ensembles. And, as opposed to playing a great symphony of Beethoven, where you are, for the most part, carrying out the vision of the conductor as part of a very large ensemble, in chamber music your voice is a unique and powerful contributor to the final interpretation.