Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Quartet Tour: A New Music Exchange

Project Description

Chartreuse comprises violinists Myra Hinrichs and Francesca Fetten, violist Carrie Frey, and cellist Helen Newby. Focused on reaching diverse audiences with the excitement for contemporary music that drew them together, the quartet performed Steve Reich’s Different Trains in the Allen Memorial Art Museum as part of the First Thursdays series and collaborated with percussionist Jamey Haddad on the Kronos Quartet’s Pieces of Africa as members of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Chartreuse has also performed in many of Oberlin’s venues, such as the Slow Train Café, Fairchild Chapel, and Kulas Recital Hall. They have premiered quartets by Oberlin students David Bird, Eugene Kim, Tiange Wu, and Eli Stine, and their upcoming premieres include pieces by Oberlin faculty Peter Swendsen and students Peter Kramer, Gerard Marcus, and alumni Eugene Kim. Chartreuse’s mentors include Darrett Adkins, Jamey Haddad, Tim Weiss, and Jay Ashby. The quartet has performed in master classes for Alon Yavnai, the Jasper Quartet, and the Jupiter Quartet. Individually, the members of Chartreuse have presented a wide array of works at many prestigious festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Institute, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Collectively, they have performed over 100 works by Oberlin composition students and faculty. They recently appeared on Dee Perry’s show Around Noon on Ohio NPR as members of the jazz septet Timelapse.

About Carrie Frey, Myra Hinrichs, Helen Newby

Carrie Frey, violist, is a junior at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Peter Slowik. Carrie began studying viola with Kathryn Dey in 2008 at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She attended the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in 2009 and 2010, the National Orchestral Institute and Pacific Music Festival in 2011, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in 2012. At Oberlin she has performed in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, as principal of Oberlin Orchestra, and with Chartreuse, an ensemble focused mainly on contemporary repertoire. She has also toured with Bonne Action, an Oberlin-based new music ensemble, performing in Oberlin; Buffalo, NY; and Greenville, SC. Bonne Action’s upcoming performances in 2013 include a residency at the University of Akron and a tour in Massachusetts. While at Oberlin, Carrie has performed nearly 50 student compositions and premiered works by faculty members Lewis Nielson and Daniel Tacke. Upcoming premieres include solo works by Gerard Marcus and Matthew Chamberlain.

Myra Hinrichs, violinist, is a fifth year student at the Oberlin College and Conservatory studying with Gregory Fulkerson. Myra began playing the violin at age 6 with Jung-Kyu Min in Saint Paul, MN. She has received several distinctions with a first in chamber playing, including the Door County camp award, and several concertmaster positions. In high school she attended the Aspen Music Festival for two years, studying with Naoko Tanaka, and returned again in 2011. In 2010, she attended the National Orchestral Institute and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. This past summer Myra was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. At Oberlin, she has performed as principal second violin of the Oberlin Orchestra and the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and as a member of Chartreuse. Besides studying violin, she also is working on a degree in Mathematics at Oberlin College and working as a Cleanliness and Maintenance Coordinator for the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association.

Helen Newby began playing the cello at the age of seven and has since won recognition in a number of California’s regional competitions and programs. She has soloed with the San Fernando Symphony, the Antelope Valley Symphony, and the Tehachapi Community Orchestra. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Helen is currently in her senior year at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studies with Darrett Adkins. In her time at Oberlin, she has premiered multiple student compositions, and has performed with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble. She will perform with the Oberlin Orchestra in Carnegie Hall in January of 2013 as part of the Oberlin Illuminate tour.