Community Engagement

We believe that exposing new audiences to chamber music is one of the most important facets of our work as a quartet, and building unique and engaging musical experiences for people of all ages is one of the Thalea String Quartet’s core values. We are devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through community engagement. To book TSQ for your school, assisted living home, corporation, or team building workshops, please contact us here.

You can find a sample program for a school performance here.


Hearts in Harmony

In April 2018, TSQ helped launch a string program to provide opportunities for music education to individuals with autism of all functionalities. TSQ worked with pianist Steven Prutsman and Autism Fun Bay Area to create a unique curriculum where children and adults with autism learn violin, viola or cello together with their caregivers. This is one of the most meaningful projects TSQ has had the privilege to be a part of, and it is still running in San Francisco.

More information about Hearts in Harmony can be found here

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48 Hour Composition Marathon

The Thalea String Quartet has partnered with Bay Area startup BeMusical to create the 48 Hour Composition Project. Developed as a week-long workshop, composers will have 48 hours to create a completely original new work for string quartet. The Thalea String Quartet will rehearse the piece, give notes to the composers, and the composers will have 24 hours for revisions. The workshop finishes off with a marathon performance by TSQ of all of the composers’ pieces! A great project for post-secondary composition departments, or for young composers in high school.

For more information and inquiries, please contact us here.


Commissioning Projects

As well as dedicating ourselves to new interpretations of classic string quartet repertoire, we are committed to building a new repertoire for the string quartet through commissioning projects. Our most recent commision has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. TSQ has commissioned NYC based composer Vincent Calianno.

For programming information for Vin’s piece “History of the String Quartet”, please contact us here.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.