Applications for the Graduate Resident String Quartet Artist Diploma program are not available every year. The next application will be available in the Fall of 2021 for entry in the Fall of 2022.
Essential to the artistic growth of a pre-professional quartet is the study of style and repertoire with members of a more seasoned ensemble. The Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet program provides that opportunity. This graduate-level program brings a qualified string quartet to be in residence at Juilliard and work with the Juilliard String Quartet. Members of the Juilliard String Quartet, which was established in 1946, have been the premier coaches for student string quartets at Juilliard for more than 50 years. The Juilliard String Quartet now consists of violinists Areta Zhulla and Ronald Copes, violist Roger Tapping, and cellist Astrid Schween.
The members of the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, named Lisa Arnhold Fellows, are admitted to the School's Artist Diploma program, receive stipends and free tuition, coach regularly with the Juilliard String Quartet, participate in the annual Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and perform an annual New York recital in Alice Tully Hall. As teaching assistants to the Juilliard String Quartet, the resident quartet coaches other student ensembles and assists in the freshman-year String Quartet Survey class. The quartet has exclusive use of a rehearsal studio and full access to all other Juilliard facilities. While this is a two-year residency, quartets must be invited to return for the second year.
While at Juilliard, the resident quartet is encouraged and expected to pursue its own performing schedule. The quartets that have participated in this program, established in 1986, are the Aeolus, Afiara, Attacca, Avalon, Biava, Calder, Cassatt, Chiara, Colorado, Corigliano, Essex, Lark, Magellan, Maia, Mirò, Shanghai, St. Lawrence, Verona, and Argus (the current quartet-in-residence) Quartets.