The Marian Anderson String Quartet
in residence at UTC

The Music Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is pleased to present the Marian Anderson String Quartet to the Chattanooga community, February 20 – 22, 2014. This group has won major classical music competitions and performed at the White House during a Presidential Inauguration. These four gifted and accomplished women are passionate about their musical art. They will perform a concert for the public, work with local music students, and conduct a workshop for young composers from around the Southeast.

 MASQ with masks

About the Quartet

The Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ) won the International Cleveland Quartet Competition in 1991, becoming the first African American ensemble in history to win a classical music competition. In 1993, this group performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the 52nd presidential inaugural celebration. In 2008, they received the Guarneri Award from Chamber Music America, a highly esteemed professional organization for musicians.

The members, all of whom were trained at top conservatories and universities such as Julliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Shepherd School of Music, have a strong commitment to music education, and have established a community music school in their home base of Bryan, Texas, as well as string quartet music camps in the Southwest and the Virgin Islands.

Read a more detailed biography of the MASQ here, and of each individual member here. The Marian Anderson String Quartet appears by arrangement with MCM Arts and Entertainment,

MASQ Residency Overview

The schedule of events for the MASQ Residency includes:

  • Performance and master-class at the Center for Creative Arts High School auditorium, Thursday February 20, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Informal Reception, Feb. 20, 3:00 p.m., UTC Multicultural Center. The public is welcome.
  • Public concert, Friday Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center. $5.00 admission. Directions to the Hall. This concert is a part of the Southeastern Composers League Forum, 2014.
  • Young Composer’s Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m., (location TBA). The public is welcome to observe, and the event is free. (Also part of the Southeastern Composers League Forum.)

 Support from Community and Regional Partners

The Marian Anderson String Quartet Residency is made possible in part by support from:

  • the Ruth Holmberg Chair in American Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga;
  • the UTC Office for Equity and Diversity, Dr. Bryan Samuel, Director; 
  • the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Rose Martin, President;
  • The Chattanooga Hotel, cosponsor;
  • the UTC Speakers and Special Events Fund;
  • the Southeastern Composers League, Dr. Jonathan McNair, President. 

Additionally, the UTC Department of Music and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center are very grateful to have received an "Arts Build Communities" grant for this residency from the Tennessee Arts Commission, which is funded by the Tennessee State Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, administered locally by ArtsBuild

Thanks to ArtsBuild Chattanooga for guidance.

The MASQ Residency project was initiated by Dr. Jonathan B. McNair, Coordinator of Theory and Composition at UTC, as part of an effort to raise public awareness of the contributions to concert (classical) music by African American and other minority performing artists and composers.

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