Call & Response

What is Call & Response?

Over the last 16 years, the Cypress String Quartet has reached thousands of students and new chamber music fans through its annual presentations of Call & Response in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Following as many as two dozen or more educational outreach presentations before students of all levels and communities each year, the Cypress Quartet gives the World Premiere of the commissioned work in a public concert in San Francisco. The program contextualizes the new work, pairing it with the older masterpieces which inspired it, and demonstrating the composers’ work as a process of ongoing inspiration through the ages. Scholarship tickets permit participating students to attend the public performance free of charge.

History of Call & Response

Call & Response School Partners

2016 School Partners

updated list coming soon

2000-2015 School Partners

  • San Francisco: Balboa High School, Community Music Center, French American International School, KIPP Bayview Academy, Lincoln High School, Lowell High School, Lycée Française La Perouse, Mission High School, Out-of-Site Afterschool Program, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, School of the Arts, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, University High School, Washington High School
  • North Bay: Mill Valley High School, Tamalpais High School, Novato Charter School, San Domenico School, Davidson Middle School, Enriching Lives Through Music (E.L.M.), Marin Academy, Miller Creek Middle School
  • East Bay: Berkeley High School, Longfellow Middle School, Homestead High School, Monta Vista High School, Corpus Christi School, Edna Brewer idle School, Holy Names University Youth Orchestra, Montera Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Thornhill Elementary School, Westlake Middle School, Piedmont Middle School
  • Peninsula: Terman Middle School, Menlo School, Nueva School, Independence High School, Leland High School, Lincoln High School, Lynbrook High School, Piedmont Hills High School, Aragon High School, Wilcox High School, Saratoga High School

Suggest a School

Know a program in need? Want to suggest a teacher and schoool who could be an enthusiastic new educational partner?
Email natalie@cypressquartet.com to share your ideas with us.

Call & Response Curriculum / Listening Guides

All listening guide downloads are for educational use only.
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2015 Listening Guide - "Far Into the Night: Beethoven & Bartok" *
2014 Listening Guide - "The Long and the Short of It: Webern and Schubert" *
2013 Listening Guide - "Music & Poetry: Dvorak Cypresses and Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet" *
2012 Listening Guide - "The Masters: Tradition, Rebellion, and Innovation: Early Haydn and Late Beethoven" *
2011 Listening Guide - "Exotic Lands Inspired Music: Glazunov, Schulhoff, Bloch, and Debussy" +
2010 Listening Guide - "Lyrical Music Inspired by Literature: Mozart and Schubert" +

Call & Response Commissions

Over the past 16 years, the Cypress String Quartet has commissioned 16 new works as part of the Call & Response program.

Commissioned Year The Call The Response
Philippe Hersant, France 2015 Night Music; Beethoven Op.59 No.2 + Bartok Quartet No.4 String Quartet No.4 Der gestirnte Himmel "The Starry Sky"
George Tsontakis, NY 2014 Expansion & Compression; Webern and Schubert String Quartet No.6
Jennifer Higdon, PA 2013 Music and Poetry; Dvorak Cypresses and Schubert In the Shadow of Sirius (Soprano and String Quartet)
Philippe Hersant, France 2012 Masters:Tradition, Rebellion, Innovation; Haydn and Beethoven String Quartet No.3
Jeffery Cotton, PA 2011 Exoticism; Glazunov, Schulhoff, Bloch, Debussy Serenade (String Quartet No. 2)
Elena Ruehr, MA 2010 Literature; Mozart and Schubert Bel Canto
Kevin Puts, NY 2009 Beethoven Op.135 and Mendelssohn Op.13 Puts Lento Assai
Kurt Rohde, CA 2008 Haydn 77/2 and Bartok 6 Gravities
Daniel Asia, AZ 2007 American Music; Dvorak American, Griffes Sketches String Quartet No. 3, The Seer
George Tsontakis, NY 2006 Beethoven; Op.131 and Op.135 String Quartet No. 5
Elena Ruehr, MA 2005 Mozart and Beethoven Ruehr 4-1 String Quartet No. 4
Jeffery Cotton, PA 2004 Variation Movements in Haydn and Mozart Cotton 1-2 String Quartet No. 1
Jennifer Higdon, PA 2003 Debussy and Ravel Higdon 1Impressions
Benjamin Lees, CA 2002 Unlikely Friendship; Britten 3rd and Shostakovich 11th Lees 5-3 String Quartet No. 5
Anna Weesner, PA 2001 Beethoven Op.132 and Mendelssohn Op.13 Flux
Dan Coleman, AZ 2000 Mozart and Beethoven Coleman 1-1 quartetto ricercare

Information for Composers

The Cypress String Quartet continues to seek out talented composers living and working among us today for potential collaborations in future Call & Response programs or other commissioning opportunities.

If you would like to explore a commission with us please contact us at music@cypressquartet.com.