The Quartet Project Challenge
Play together. Play better. Play more.
The Quartet Project is a six-volume collection of graduated string quartets by composer Geoffrey Hudson.  Modeled on Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, the Quartet Project aims to create a significant addition to the string quartet literature by introducing contemporary music into the repertoire of musicians of all ages from the outset of their chamber music studies.
Chamber music teachers around the world agree on the need for new, high quality works for beginning and intermediate string quartets. To date, Geoffrey Hudson has composed more than 100 miniature quartet movements, most of which have been tested by young quartets in workshops across the United States.
Each of the six volumes will contain approximately 25 minutes of music, divided into two types of pieces: miniatures and full-length performance quartets. The miniatures are typically less than a minute long and focus on a particular aspect of ensemble playing. The full-length quartets will use the materials covered in the miniatures to create multi-movement string quartets suitable for performance. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 include an optional third violin part, which can be used in place of a viola. When complete, the Quartet Project will encompass approximately 2 ½ hours of new music for string quartet.
Read more about the Quartet Project , download scores, and hear musical samples.
Saluting Our Pioneering Workshop Partners!
Workshop testing of the music has been central to the Quartet Project vision from the outset. Between 2008 and 2010, our partner organizations hosted workshops in which string students rehearsed music from the Quartet Project with their faculty coaches. Each rehearsal process concluded with a mini-residency, in which the quartets worked directly with the composer. These workshops were invaluable in the creation of the music. We salute the forward-thinking organizations who partnered with us:
Community Music Works (Providence, RI), Drake University’s Community School of Music (Des Moines, IA), the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra (Grand Forks, ND), Indian Hill Music (Littleton, MA), the MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis, MN) and the Third Street Music School Settlement (New York, NY)                                              

”We live in a world of wide musical horizons. Why should young musicians be confined to eighteenth century Vienna? The Quartet Project is a great idea at the right time.”

-Colin Jacobsen
Violinist, Brooklyn Rider Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble,   YouTube Symphony soloist 

Geoffrey Hudson,

Home town: Amherst, MA Instrument: Cello
Started playing:  Age 10 Started composing: Age 11 Teachers:  Sally Bagg, Patrick Smith (cello); Richard Hoffmann, Malcolm Peyton (composition) 
If I wasn’t a ... composer, I’d be ... a sabermetrician (analyst of baseball statistics).
When I was... 7, my favorite book was: Freddy the Detective.
A world without movies or a world without cheese...Life without cheese is not worth contemplating.
If I had a superpower, it would be: The ability to move decimal points.
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