- August 4 to 17, 2024


United States
Year(s) at MISQA
Quartet members

Violin: Laura Colgate

Violin: Audrey Wright

Viola: Valentina Shohdy

Cello: Kacy Clopton


Formed in 2009 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Excelsa Quartet has won 1st Prize and the “EMCY Artprize” at the 26th Charles Hennen International Competition in The Netherlands. The Quartet has worked with members of the Guarneri and Mosaiques quartets, Roger Tapping, David Takeno, Martha Strongin Katz, Lucy Chapman and Benjamin Zander.
In addition, the group participated in the Professional Quartet Training Program under the tutelage of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Cologne, Germany.
The Excelsa Quartet was recently appointed University of Maryland’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet for 2013-2016.