The St. Lawrence String Quartet lives and works at Stanford University, where they teach privately and direct the chamber music program in the Department of Music, and engage in extensive collaborations with other faculty and departments using music to explore a myriad of topics. Recent collaborations have involved the Anderson Collection, Stanford Medicine, Graduate School of Education, and the Law School.


SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar

This 10-day intensive program is designed for those with a serious ongoing interest in chamber music and follows a rigorous schedule of study and performance in a uniquely supportive environment, blending advanced students destined for careers in performance with aspiring adult musicians. During the seminar, participants receive dynamic instruction from members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet as well as special guest faculty in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants focus on one or two major works in chamber music literature while learning the delicate art of cooperation as part of an intimate group.


Emerging String Quartet Program

The Emerging String Quartet Program (ESQP) provides a young ensemble opportunities similar to what the SLSQ enjoyed in their early years through an intensive week of community outreach. The up-and-coming musicians gain valuable experience performing for varied audiences in a short period of time while the greater Stanford community benefits from the input of energy and contact with the young ensemble.

If you would like to invite an Emerging Quartet to visit your business or school, please CONTACT US

Stanford online

SLSQ has collaborated with Stanford Professor of Music Stephen Hinton to provide massive online open courses (MOOCs) through Stanford Online. These courses are self-paced, free, and feature lectures, musical examples, and full-length concerts in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall.

Defining the String Quartet: Haydn, celebrates composer Joseph Haydn and looks at how his music defined the formal conventions fo the string quartet and elevated the genre as a whole, earning him the title of “father of the string quartet.”

Defining the String Quartet II: Beethoven, takes a deep dive into Beethovens’ genius and his transformative musical achievements seen through the lens of his 16 string quartets.

Why Music Matters

The “Why Music Matters” course, offered by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, is an intensive exploration of the inner workings of music from many different perspectives across a wide span of time: music theory and history, cultural history, and music technology. Students have a unique opportunity to attend live performances and discussions with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, as well as guest performers of jazz and world music.

Make a Gift in support of community outreach programs


Generous support from individuals makes the SLSQ's unique programs at Stanford possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today so we can continue to offer the finest in training and opportunities to young musicians.

  • $1000 -  Full cost of tuition for a student musician making it possible to include students from all backgrounds.

  • $500 - On-campus housing for a student musician allowing young people from around the world to experience intensive musical training.

  • $100 - Support our continuing endeavor of community outreach through the Emerging String Quartet Program. Visiting young quartets perform free concerts at schools in the local area. Help make music accessible to all.

  • $50 - Support the Azure Family Concert series which creates a welcoming environment for families with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Thank you!