s The West End String Quartet


University of Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration


WESQ performing at the University of Hartford's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration in January 2017
From the left, Mark Templeton, Josh Bruneau, Nat Reeves, Sarah Washburn, Marianne Vogel, Anne Berry, John Biatowas

Chamber Music at Wesleyan University

WESQ is excited to be leading the chamber music program for Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Wesleyan Chamber Music Fall 2016 Concert

The Fall 2016 Wesleyan Chamber Music class after a performance at Heritage Commons Retirement Home in Middletown, CT.

West End String Quartet Seminar at the Hartt Community Division

WESQ is pleased to announce a new series of masterclasses at The Hartt School, featuring students of the Hartt Community Division chamber music program. Masterclasses are free and open to the public. All masterclasses start at 7:00 pm and will be held at The Hartt School.

Rhymes With Opera

In the spring of 2011 WESQ collaborated with Rhymes With Opera to present Criminal Intent: a triple bill of crime operas and questionable morals. RWO's mission is to present new opera in unconventional spaces, creating new connections between the work, the place where it is performed, and the audience. This tour of the Northeast includes shows in Baltimore, New York, Hartford and Boston.

Baltimore composer David Smooke's opera CRIMINAL ELEMENT is about a rogue trader in France who nearly brought down the entire European financial system in 2008. RWO co-director and composer George Lam's SOMEONE ANYONE tells the story of a woman who is offered the chance to leave her life of crime. In ORPHEE REDUX, composer Ryan Jesperson reimagines the story of Orpheus, set in the seedy underbelly of New York City. In addition to these short operas, the WESQ will perform a set of new works to complement the program. For more information about RWO, visit www.rhymeswithopera.org.

Soundfest with the Colorado Quartet

In the summer of 2010 WESQ participated in the Professional Studies program at Soundfest, the chamber music festival hosted by the Colorado String Quartet at Falmouth Academy on beautiful Cape Cod. This intensive two-week festival was filled with rehearsals, coachings and concerts.

We worked closely with the Colorado Quartet, studying with them, teaching high school and middle school ensembles, and performing the Dohnanyi string trio on the final concert.

Ives Vocal Marathon

A Project started by Neely Bruce of Wesleyan University to perform all 183 of Ives songs in concert. We are now involved with this project because of one of Ives songs that calls for Piano Four Hands, String Quartet and Voice, Aeschylus and Sophocles. There are several other songs with less substantial string parts that we are involved with as well. To find out more information about Neely Bruce and the Ives vocal maration visit http://www.neelybrucemusic.com/blogs/blog7.htm

Commission 2006 by Ruby Fulton "The Slow Revolution"

This commission was supported by an Encore Grant from The American Composers Forum. The grant is to encourage ensembles to work with composers and to help pay some of the costs associated with concert production. We were able to present the piece in Hartford, CT, Baltimore, MD and Farmington, ME as a result. And to also add an interesting new piece to the String Quartet Repertoire. Inspired by a story on NPR, the Slow Revolution has come about by the pace of modern life, and one mans attempt to slow down and enjoy the things that really matter in his life. The piece is in three movements: Slow Panic, Inyourfacenessigheit (translated very very much in your face), Inner Tortoise.

Now Watch Me Become a Film by Dylan Marko Bell

Music by Ryan Jesperson. The film is based on Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron". Watch at http://www.ryanjesperson.com/film/nowwatch.html

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

Bravo! Festival

In 2007, WESQ spent a whirlwind three weeks in Colorado at the Bravo! festival giving concerts (17 of them!), rehearsing, and enjoying the occasional hike. The quartet was delighted to perform with artists including members of the Amelia Piano Trio and the Rossetti String Quartet, as well as solo artists Eugenia Zukerman, Jennifer Koh, and Stefan Milenkovich, among others. Performing highlights from the festival include Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat, op. 20, Dvorak's Serenade for Strings, and Debussy's Quartet in g minor, op. 10.

Bravo! Festival


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

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.”