Drawing by Fayfay Sheng


Residency activity is vital to the artistic life and mission of the PRISM Quartet. It enables PRISM to reach significantly broader and more diverse audiences, and contributes to the public’s understanding and appreciation of new saxophone music.

The PRISM Quartet offers a comprehensive array of residency services, with the goal of enriching the cultural landscape and providing a resource to student/emerging artists in host communities. Services include master classes; chamber music coaching; composer forums/reading sessions; lecture demonstrations; school concerts; learning labs; composition classes for children; outreach concerts at community centers for seniors and the disabled; as well as business of music seminars. PRISM also offers a comprehensive Composition Residency Program for the benefit of conservatories and university music departments. Services may range from a single event in conjunction with a formal performance, to a week of extensive residency programming, to a season-long engagement. Services are tailored to the needs and resources of the community and presenting institution.

PRISM has maintained its own residency programs in Philadelphia and New York City since 1994 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the William Penn Foundation, The Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Selmer Company, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, and Chamber Music America. PRISM has also presented residency services at notable institutions nationwide, including the Curtis Institute of Music; the Eastman School of Music; the Oberlin Conservatory; Purdue University; the Universities ofMissouri-Kansas City, Vermont, Illinois, Michigan, and Southern California; the Interlochen Arts Academy; Ithaca College; Brigham Young University; Georgia Southern University; North Carolina School of the Arts; and Arizona State University. PRISM has also conducted long-term residencies with the acclaimed Visiting Artists Series in Davenport, Iowa; the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association in Southbend, Indiana; and the Walden School for Young Composers in Dublin, New Hampshire.