Twenty-two music students gathered in the Snow Recital Hall Saturday morning to be critiqued by world-class ensemble musicians.
The Daedalus Quartet, who performed in the Barrus Concert Hall on Feb. 24, spent the three days preceding their performance in residency at BYU-I. The quartet worked specifically with 22 music students, divided into five gros.
“They’ve taught us a lot about spontaneity and how to keep your performance engaging and interesting so the audience doesn’t get bored,” said Claire Tueller, a freshman studying piano performance. “They’re really about the power of performance and the ability to keep it exciting and interesting.”
Students prepared in the Snow Recital Hall for the Chamber Strings Ensembles recital, which was scheduled to take place Feb. 25. The recital is described as the “culmination of Daedalus String Quartet residency” on the Music department’s website.
“We’ve been working on these pieces since the beginning of the semester, and then the coaches just come in and add their expertise,” said Tessa Ross, a senior studying music education.
In addition to the master classes, simply watching the Daedalus Quartet perform helped many students.
“We learn a lot from their coaching, but their performance was one of the biggest learning experiences,” Ross said. “When we were coached, we almost didn’t talk about technique, it was mostly about balance and emotion. It’s important that we get these gros who perform all the time so they can teach us about that, instead of just technique.”
Though most music students are accustomed to practicing alone, these students elect to practice in ensembles because of how different it can be.
“We do it because it’s a completely different experience playing with other people. There’s more responsibility,” Tueller said.
Some woodwind students also participated in the recital.