For four years we have presented emerging professional musicians in performances and workshops on chamber music in the school system. With the help of the Strataphoria Quartet — an exciting new ensemble made up of Tuckamore alumni who are current and past graduate and undergraduate students of Memorial University’s School of Music — the Festival has been reaching out to communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, offering free performances and workshops for schools establishing their own string programs. In 2014-15, the quartet delivered performances and workshops to over 1500 children, visiting schools throughout Metro St. John’s, Clarke’s Beach and Bay Roberts.
In the 2015-16 school year, with the help of funding from ArtsNL and sponsorship from Provincial Airlines, the Tuckamore Festival undertook its first major school tour. The Strataphoria quartet traveled to five schools throughout the Clarenville-Bonavista region and five schools in Labrador presenting performances and workshops to approximately 2300 students and teachers. Developed by Tuckamore and the Strataphoria Quartet, the program, Pale Blue Dot: A Voyage of Music and Space, comprises a 50-minute presentation and related 50-minute workshop focusing on music, science and culture, using the Voyager space probes as a connecting thread. The Pale Blue Dot program was crafted to align with key Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum outcomes, and multiple versions of the presentation and workshop allow for age-appropriate shows at schools from Kindergarten to high school.
The Strataphoria Quartet is Carole Bestvater and Etienne Pemberton-Renaud, violins; Arlan Vriens, viola; and Peter Ko, cello.