UK Niles and Verdi String Quartets
The UK School of Music support two academic string quartets. The Niles String Quartet is an elite group of graduate students who receive stipends and other considerations. The Verdi String Quartet consists of top graduate and/or undergraduate students. In recent years, the quartets have gained national notoriety:
- The Verdi String Quartet, (Daniel Brier and Kyle Van Arsdalen, violins; Ivan Ugorich, viola; and Christopher Erickson, cello) took first place in the college division of the 16th annual Macauley Chamber Music Competition (March 2012).
- Verdi String Quartet, Second Place in the collegiate division of the 15th annual Macauley Chamber Music Competition (2010).
- Niles Quartet, First Place in the college division of the Macauley Chamber Competition (2008), invited to study at the Banff Festival, and coached with members of the Juilliard String Quartet in New York (2008).
- Peter Isaacson, Rebecca Kiekenapp, Peter Neubert, and Jennifer Schiller (members of the Niles String Quartet). Semi-Final round, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (1998).