Apple Hill Quartet

Apple Hill String Quartet

During a year-long residency, the New Hampshire-based quartet spreads chamber music across the Upper Valley through performance, discussion and education.

Apple Hill at the Hop
Known for their commitment to diversity, the New Hampshire-based quartet injects every program with new voices, views and backgrounds. They are also a strong testament to our belief that the arts can thrive outside of a major city, as they continue to perform, teach and cultivate an inclusive model for classical music in a rural setting.

As the Hop begins its multi-year transformation into a vital hub for creativity and artistic experiences in the Upper Valley, we are excited to partner with Apple Hill. Throughout the season, a series of concerts, public talks and activities will pop up on campus and in arts organizations across the community to spread chamber music across the Upper Valley through performance, discussion and education.

Apple Hill exists to perform, teach and broaden the appreciation of chamber music—cultivating connection and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, playing levels and ages through music performance and education centered around the values of acceptance, inclusivity, creative expression and encouragement. Read more here >

The quartet joined Hop pianist-in-residence Sally Pinkas for our fall concert in Spaulding Auditorium: a musical odyssey spanning continents and centuries. Other activities this fall include a visit to the Upper Valley Music Center class "Preparing to Hear Master Works," and a community concert at West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts on Thursday, November 10 at 7 pm.

Their winter concert featured a Hop commission by visual artist and composer Dana Lyn, inspired by paintings at the Hood Museum by artist Rick Bartow of the Wiyot Tribe. Then, in a collaboration with the Hood Museum and the Magnuson Center and as part of Dartmouth's Arts Career Week, Lyn will take part in a panel discussion on social entrepreneurship. The quartet will also engage with Dartmouth students through class visits.

The quartet contributes to our ongoing Mexican Repertoire Initiative at Dartmouth by performing works by two Mexican composers as part of their spring concert and collaborating with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble. In a panel discussion at Tuck School of Business, they share their non-hierarchical working model and discuss its importance for nontraditional career paths, as well as how new or forgotten voices connect and become integral to the classical music canon. Apple Hill will also conduct a school visit to bring chamber music to younger students.