Music and the Art of Collaboration


The Department of Music hosted Annie Fullard, first violinist of the Cavani Quartet, in a four day residency culminating with an interactive presentation for all music majors on Tuesday October 8, as part of the Department of Music’s Convocation Series.

Faculty and students encountered an expert in her field sharing her passion for chamber music. 

A veteran performer and pedagogue, Fullard continues to champion chamber music as “a metaphor for the kind of communication between peoples and nations toward which we should strive.” 

Fullard’s presentation spoke to all those who work in collaborative teams, regardless of varying disciplines. She engaged the entire department in strategies for generative team building, exercises in alternating between leadership and supportive roles, and elements of conflict resolution. Her infectious, expressive style pervaded every encounter of her residency, leaving the students inspired, confident, and hopeful. 

fullard_masterclass.jpg Fullard has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music for three decades, as well as the Juilliard Music and Arts summer program in Shanghai, China. Recognizing the natural ability of chamber music playing to inspire cognitive and emotional development in children through empathy and interaction, she founded the Friday Night Chamber Music Program for pre-college students at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2016. She continues to present master classes and lecture demonstrations throughout all fifty states and abroad. 

Fullard’s research over the last 30 years as the leader of one of this country’s finest string quartets will soon be published in a book entitled The Art of Collaboration- Rehearsal Techniques and Coaching Strategies for Musical Teamwork.

Members of the Oxford String Quartet -- Harvey Thurmer, violin; Mary Harris, viola; and Sarah Kim, cello -- performed a recital with Fullard on Monday, October 7, featuring repertoire by Haydn and Mendelssohn. The group plans to invite her to return to campus in 2020, to continue their collaboration.