Echelon String Quartet
The Echelon Quartet is equally comfortable performing with classical music as they are sharing the stage with rock bands. A large part of their repertoire includes their own arrangements of everything from rock music to jazz standards and audiences are entertained by their fun interpretations of contemporary classical music. They have been performing for weddings, parties, and other special events for nearly a decade.
All Wisconsin natives, the four original members of the Echelon Quartet met while pursuing degrees in music. The received a National Undergraduate Research Grant to commission and perform a piece of music by a living composer. The result of the grant was "Seven Sultry Gothic Love Songs", a seven-movement work for string quartet and percussion by New York-based composer Eric Schwartz.
Recent Echelon Quartet performances include a recital for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's contemporary music series, participation in the Madison, Wisconsin Broom Street Theater Sessions and the Wurst Times Music Festival. The Echelon String Quartet was also the resident string quartet for the inaugural season (2012) and 2013 season of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, Missouri and the resident string quartet for the Wisconsin String Teachers Association annual meeting. The quartet is also in demand for clinics, can often be found teaching master classes and leading recruitment and retention activities for public school music programs.