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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

QuartetFest 2017 will take place from May 26 to June 11.

Calling all Alumni! Celebrate 25 years of QuartetFest and the Penderecki String Quartet in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University by participating in QuartetFestival, June 9 to 11. Reform your chamber group and perform together, attend one of our student/faculty concerts plus reunite with old friends at an alumni reception. We’ll also be celebrating Paul Pulford as he is will retire this summer. Register to receive further details.

The International Intensive Chamber Music Course and Concert Series, known as QuartetFest, brings young artists from across Canada and abroad together with world renowned performers. As one of the most anticipated spring festivals by chamber music lovers and young musicians.


Registration is open to string quartets, piano and string trios/duos. 

QuartetFest participants receive:

  • Assigned studio space for the duration of the event.
  • Masterclasses with the QuartetFest faculty.
  • One hour individual lesson with a member of the Penderecki String Quartet.
  • Daily coaching and contact with festival faculty.
  • Opportunity to perform at the Young Artists concert.
  • Tickets to all performances.

QuartetFest application and registration fees must be submitted by cheque or cash. Cheques should be made out to Wilfrid Laurier University.

Fees can be submitted by mail to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Attention: Concerts Coordinator
75 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

Fees can be submitted in-person to:

Concerts Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University
John Aird Centre, Faculty of Music
Office, A503


Accommodation is available on campus with Hotel Laurier. Participants are responsible for bookings and payment.

Chamber Music Prize Application

In 2007, the Penderecki String Quartet (PSQ), Laurier's ensemble-in-residence, initiated an annual award of excellence in chamber music at Laurier. All strings ensembles (including those with piano) enrolled in Laurier's chamber music courses are eligible. The successful ensemble will receive full tuition to Laurier's QuartetFest and special concert recognition.

Apply for the PSQ Chamber Music Prize


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