The West End String Quartet came together in 2005 because of their shared passion for chamber music. Since then, WESQ has been entertaining audiences across New England with an exciting and varied repertoire of chamber music. 

Strong advocates of contemporary music, WESQ strives to bring new and uncommon repertoire to their concerts, pairing them with traditional works. In 2006, the quartet collaborated with Ruby Fulton for the premiere of The Slow Revolution. Repeat performances of this work were sponsored by an Encore grant from the American Composers Forum. Highlights of recent years include the Ives Vocal Marathon Project at Wesleyan University, and the premieres of James T. Lindsay's Second String Quartet and Dan Román’s Sonora Complexidad.  WESQ has performed music by local composers on Capitol Community College’s Hartford Composers Series. In 2011, WESQ toured the East Coast with the modern opera company Rhymes With Opera, giving performances in unconventional spaces to appreciative audiences in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Hartford, and Boston.

The West End String Quartet

In the summer of 2007, the quartet performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado as the festival's Young Artists Ensemble-in-Residence. In the summer of 2010, the quartet participated in the Professional Studies program at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival, where they spent two weeks performing and coaching chamber music with the Colorado Quartet. In past seasons, the quartet has performed at St. James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford, the Universalist Church of West Hartford, on the Music @ First Series, River Crossings Concert Series, at the Arts Institute of Western Maine, and at Wesleyan University, Western New England College, Trinity College, and the Hartt School

Dedicated teachers as well, the quartet leads the chamber music program at Wesleyan University, and presents a series of chamber music masterclasses at The Hartt School Community Division. Members of the quartet teach individually at The Hartt School Community Division, Baypath College, Three Rivers Community College, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar at Hartt, and Strings by the Sea in San Diego, and perform in Hartford, Springfield, New Haven, Vermont, Eastern Connecticut and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras.

Member Bios

Sarah Washburn
Marianne Vogel
John Biatowas
Anne Berry

Upcoming Concerts

Beethoven's 250th Birthday Bash

Friday, February 21st, 2020, 7:30pm

Wesleyan University, Crowell Concert Hall
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459

$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18


Pre-concert talk at 7pm by Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden.

“[Beethoven’s] combination of beauty and unpredictability, extreme emotional depth and intellectual rigour, across so many genres, is unsurpassed and probably always will be.”
—BBC Music

Listen local! The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes. The program will include the Quintet in E-Flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16; Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69; and Grosse Fugue for string quartet, Op. 133; selections by Tyagaraja; as well as pieces written as homages by graduate student composers: Aliya Ultan's "Ode" and Stuart Wheeler's "Harp."

Featuring Private Lessons Teachers Libby Van Cleve on oboe, Charlie Suriyakham on clarinet, Robert Hoyle on French horn, Gary Bennett on bassoon, Julie Ribchinsky on cello, and Carolyn Halsted and Yvonne Troxler on piano; the West End String QuartetSarah Washburn and Marianne Vogel on violin, Wesleyan Chamber Music Ensemble Director John Biatowas on viola, and Anne Berry on cello; and Wesleyan South Indian music faculty—vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam.

The Complete Chamber Works of Neely Bruce: Part I

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:00pm

Wesleyan University, Crowell Concert Hall
45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459


Following the completion of a seventeen-concert cycle of his complete piano music at Wesleyan in March 2019, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce embarks on a new recital series featuring his chamber works, starting with four of his quartets performed by the West End String QuartetSarah Washburn and Marianne Vogel on violin, Wesleyan Chamber Music Ensemble Director John Biatowas on viola, and Anne Berry on cello. This concert will feature the world premieres of “A String Quartet for Ralph Matson” and “A Quartet of Fugues,” based on the names of the members of the West End String Quartet; plus “A String Quartet for Alvin,” written for the retirement of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier in 2011, and “A Partita for Roy Lisker.”