The Department of Music is pleased to offer the community this free event.
Join the String Queens for an afternoon master class, where the talented group will share music and advice about their work and their musical experience as a group together, as well as career tips for artists of all genres. This event is free and open to the public, and seating is first-come-first-served.
The master class will be held at the NCCU Department of Music, BND Annex, New Band Room, on Wednesday, February 21, at 1 p.m.
Note: The NCCU Department of Music will present the String Queens in concert later in the evening at 7:30 pm. The evening concert, in collaboration with Hayti Heritage Center and Chamber Music Raleigh, is a ticketed event that will occur on Wednesday, February 21, at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC
Authentic, Soulful, Orchestral
Praised for its authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound, the String Queens (TSQ) is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine! With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, TSQ performs versatile programs that take listeners on a rousing musical journey through time and a multitude of musical genres.
Based in Washington, D.C., TSQ has been featured in performances at renowned concert halls and venues across America, including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. Notable appearances include a special performance dedicated to Vice President Kamala Harris at the “We Are One” Presidential Inauguration Concert in January 2021 and rendering a spotlight presentation of TSQ’s electrifying arrangement of Harry Styles’s hit song “Golden” for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament “the Championships, Wimbledon” in June 2021. As an ensemble that frequents the D.C. jazz scene, other headlining performances include multiple appearances at the DC Jazz Festival and the Capital Jazz Fest.
Recognized by D.C.’s leading news network WUSA9 as "school teachers by day and concert performers by night," TSQ’s dedication, service, and innovative work in the field of music education has been acknowledged by the DC Jazz Festival with the “Jazz Education Award” in 2022, Carnegie Hall with the “Music Educators Workshop” Keynote Address in 2021, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with the “Aspire Award” in 2020, Washington Performing Arts’ “Mars Arts D.C” Resident Ensemble in 2019 and 2020, and most recently, a partnership with the Save the Music Foundation to present a series of professional development workshops for performing arts educators around the country on “Social Emotional Learning in the Arts Classroom” and “Trauma-Informed Centered Arts Classrooms” as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August 2022, TSQ released its third album titled “RISE”, which was made possible by a Sphinx Organization MPower Artist Grant. With this album, TSQ sought to sonically address the problems that are currently plaguing the world by creating unique arrangements of timeless classics rooted in hope, joy, peace, and love. Featuring original compositions by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Richard Smallwood, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and more, “RISE” takes listeners on a musical journey that starts in a field of loss and hopelessness and ends in a fortress of faith, triumph, and fortitude.
Previous albums from TSQ include a self-titled EP released in 2019 and a holiday EP titled “Our Favorite Things” released in 2020. All TSQ albums are available on this site and all major digital music platforms.
Read more here about each member, Kendall Isadore (violin); Dawn Johnson (viola); and Élise Sharp (cello).