Double Gold Tour

2020 Tours

In a typical year, Fischoff's gold medalists participate in a whirlwind week of concerts and outreach programs across the Midwest. This year, with no live concerts to perform, the Balourdet String Quartet and Colere Quartet put all their energy into outreach and helping inspire the next generation of music makers.

This virtual outreach tour turned into a tour of epic proportions: between October and February, the Balourdet String Quartet and Colere Quartet led workshops and masterclasses in a total of 30 classrooms in 10 schools and afterschool programs. In addition to sharing their music and stories, they connected with area orchestra and band students about life in the pandemic and how to keep making music.

Thank you to the Colere Quartet and Balourdet String Quartet for your humor, insight, phonomenal music and incredible inspiration!

 

2020 Double Gold Tour 2020 - 2021


 

Colere Quartet, Gold Medal Winner, Senior Wind Division

John Cummins, soprano saxophone; Elissa Kana, alto saxophone; Greg Rife, tenor saxophone; Dennis Kwok, baritone saxophone

 

Virtual Performance

Fischoff on Tour - Colere Quartet

Colere Quartet Pre and Post Visit Activities

 

Masterclasses & Workshops

St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI                                              
Canterbury School, Fort Wayne, IN                                              
Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN    
WNIT - Interview & Performance    
LaSalle Intermediate Academy, South Bend, IN    
Holy Cross Village, South Bend, IN    
John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN    
Boys & Girls Club St. Joseph County, South Bend, IN    

 

 

 

 

Balourdet String Quartet, Gold Medal Winner, Senior String Division

Angela Bae, violin; Justin DeFilippos, violin; Benjamin Zannoni, viola; Russel Houston, cello

 

Virtual Performance

Fischoff on Tour - Balourdet String Quartet

Balourdet Quartet Pre and Post Visit Activities

 

Masterclasses & Workshops

Fischoff Chamber Music Academy, South Bend, IN
Upton Middle School, St. Joseph, MI
St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, MI
Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
Goshen Middle School, Goshen, IN
LaSalle Intermediate Academy, South Bend, IN
Clay Intermediate, South Bend, IN

 

 

Accolades


"The inspiration from this performance will carry us through the rest of the school year."

Orchestra teacher, LaSalle Intermediate

 

"Loved the Addis Ababa! I can get down with classical music like that."

Band teacher, St. Joseph High School

 

The Balourdet String Quartet was excited to "share how amazing our experience has been since last May We look forward to all the things we will continue to do as a part of the Fischoff family. Joining this amazing team was really one of the best things that happened to us last year. Thank you for everything you've done for us!"

 

I know that the Fischoff tour this fall significantly increase our morale and gave us something to look forward to. We fell incredibly lucky that we still got to meet with the kids and hopefully sparked in them an interest in chamber music."

Elissa Kana, Colere Quartet

 
 
 
 

Recap: 2019 Tours

Sponsored in part by the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust

photography by Madeline Kerkemeyer

 

Aruna Quartet, Grand Prize Winner & Gold Medal Winner, Senior Wind Division

William Pyle, soprano saxophone; Tony Guzman, alto saxophone; Ryan Hill, tenor saxophone; Andrew Schoen, baritone saxophone

September 19 Con Spirito Chamber Music Concert Series, Thiel College, Greenville, PA
September 20 Reith Chamber Series, Goshen College, Goshen, IN
September 21 Guest Artist Concert, Duessenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso, IN
September 22 Howard Center, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
September 25 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series & WFMT live performance, Chicago, IL
   
  Masterclasses & Workshops
  Outreach in Indiana & Michigan; Masterclass & Recital at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

 

photo credit: Carlin Ma

 

Merz Trio, Gold Medal Winner, Senior String Division

Brigid Coleridge, violin; Julia Yang, cello; Eric (Lee) Dionne, piano

October 10 Culver Academies, Culver, IN
October 11 Concert Association of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, IN
October 12 South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra, South Bend, IN
October 13 DeBartolo Peforming Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, IN
October 14 Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series & WFMT live performance, Chicago, IL
   
  Masterclasses & Workshops
  Outreach in Indiana & Michigan