The ensemble will provide professional mentorship for students at the Walnut Hill  School for the Arts for the 2023/24 season



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The Walnut Hill School for the Arts has announced the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet as its quartet in residence for its 2023/24 school year. The partnership marks a one-of-a-kind professional mentorship collaboration for the high school for gifted musicians.

’Inviting a world-renowned ensemble like the Parker Quartet to Walnut Hill is absolutely a thrill,’ says Walnut Hill head of school Eric Barber. ’This is a testament to the exceptional artistry of our music students as we celebrate 50 years this year as a global leader in the arts.’ The residency is 

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet comprises Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao (violins), Jessica Bodner (viola), and Walnut Hill alumnus Kee-Hyun Kim ’01 (cello). The quartet’s numerous honours include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the 2005 Bordeaux Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The members of the Parker Quartet also serve as professors of the practice and Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music. The group spends its summers on the faculty of the Banff Centre’s Evolution: Quartet programme.

’I am so excited to be returning to Walnut Hill with my quartet for this important chamber music residency at my alma mater,’ says Kee-Hyun Kim. ’We look forward to engaging with these talented and precocious minds, working with the amazing faculty, and being immersed in this truly unique and uplifting environment.’

The ensemble’s residency will include myriad opportunities to engage with the school and its wider community. The quartet will perform a concert alongside student musicians at Rockport Music on 30 September celebrating Walnut Hill’s year-long celebration of 50 years in the arts.The quartet will lead a string orchestra with the ensemble members as principal players performing alongside students. In addition, the quartet will conduct multiple sessions across the school year with string players to develop best practices in terms of rehearsal techniques, score study and rehearsal etiquette. Students will have the chance to take part in monthly masterclasses with quartet members, and the quartet will work with student composers and will perform student works. Individual members of the quartet will offer coaching to string chamber groups.

Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is located in Natick, Massachusetts, within the Boston metropolitan area. As one of the premier boarding and day schools in the United States, the School provides an immersive and intensive learning environment for talented arts students in Grades 9-12 and in post-graduate studies.

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