viola position

March 9, 2021

Who we are

Friction Quartet is a string quartet operating under our parent organization Friction Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization that supports the performance and commissioning of contemporary music as well as performing standard repertoire. We are dedicated to creating original outreach presentations that utilize old and new music and perform regularly in schools both locally and on tour. We are passionate about collaborating with other artists and including our own arrangements of pop music in programming. We are seeking a violist to join our string quartet in the summer of 2021, beginning with a period of rehearsal and press material updates. 


What to expect

 

  • 3 to 4 rehearsals per week (9–16 hours total)

  • Up to 2 hours of remote administrative meetings per week

  • 2 to 6 local performances per month

  • 3 to 6 tours each year (generally no more than 14 days at a time)

  • 1 to 2 album recordings per year

  • Leadership in 1 to 2 areas of administrative work (such as social media, grant writing, accounting, scheduling)

  • Option to serve on the Board of Directors of Friction Performing Arts in future years

 

What we’re offering

 

  • Employment with Friction Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization

  • Variable monthly payroll of $1000–$3000, paid in installments every two weeks

    • Sometimes this can be much lower or higher depending on our project schedule

    • Wage includes 18.75% of total group artist fees for each project  (the remainder of artist fees are allocated towards operating budget)

Organizational structure

  • Our Executive Director is Samantha Godoy

  • We have five board members, two of whom are quartet members (two year term)

Additional Information

Past (Pre-Covid) Performances

 

  • SF Jazz with Pascal Le Boeuf trio

  • Denmark tour

  • Other Minds Festival - premiered new work by Brian Baumbusch with Gamelan Ensemble

  • Montreal New Music Festival and Residency at McGill University

  • Small national tour with Toh Kay, acoustic trio

  • Premiered new works for Quartet + Bass Clarinet in Northern CA/Southern Oregon

  • Performances with Mark Foehringer’s Dance Company

  • Self presented commissioned works by Mario Godoy and Nicole Lizée


Recent Projects

 

Upcoming 2021-2022

 

  • Birds in the Moon, Opera by Mark Grey - Late Summer - Early Fall 2021, will include a one week residency in Navajo Nation, performances in the southwest, ending with performance(s) on the Santa Monica pier presented in conjunction with The Broad.

  • Music in Corrales, New Mexico - October 23

  • The Last Glacier, Wisconsin - Concert of eco conscious music in conjunction with The Last Glacier Project Winter reschedule TBD

  • Young Composer Premiere Concert - self-presented, reschedule TBD

  • Concerts at the Pomeroy Center - self-presented, accessible music education concert programming developed for youth with cognitive, behavioral, and/ or physical differences. TBD

  • Dracula presented by Mark Foehringer’s Dance Project - (possible reschedule for Halloween weekend run)

  • Resident ensemble with SF Symphony Adventures in Music  (optional)

Five-Year Goals

  • Commission 20 pieces 

  • Consistent self-presented concert season

  • Expand network of presenters/venues

  • Grow annual budget to $500,000

  • Expand self-presented outreach activities to diverse communities

  • Goal to record all future commissioned work

Past (Pre-Covid) Performances

 

  • SF Jazz with Pascal Le Boeuf trio

  • Denmark tour

  • Other Minds Festival - premiered new work by Brian Baumbusch with Gamelan Ensemble

  • Montreal New Music Festival and Residency at McGill University

  • Small national tour with Toh Kay, acoustic trio

  • Premiered new works for Quartet + Bass Clarinet in Northern CA/Southern Oregon

  • Performances with Mark Foehringer’s Dance Company

  • Self presented commissioned works by Mario Godoy and Nicole Lizée


Recent Projects

 

Upcoming 2021-2022

 

  • Birds in the Moon, Opera by Mark Grey - Late Summer - Early Fall 2021, will include a one week residency in Navajo Nation, performances in the southwest, ending with performance(s) on the Santa Monica pier presented in conjunction with The Broad.

  • Music in Corrales, New Mexico - October 23

  • The Last Glacier, Wisconsin - Concert of eco conscious music in conjunction with The Last Glacier Project Winter reschedule TBD

  • Young Composer Premiere Concert - self-presented, reschedule TBD

  • Concerts at the Pomeroy Center - self-presented, accessible music education concert programming developed for youth with cognitive, behavioral, and/ or physical differences. TBD

  • Dracula presented by Mark Foehringer’s Dance Project - (possible reschedule for Halloween weekend run)

  • Resident ensemble with SF Symphony Adventures in Music  (optional)

Five-Year Goals

  • Commission 20 pieces 

  • Consistent self-presented concert season

  • Expand network of presenters/venues

  • Grow annual budget to $500,000

  • Expand self-presented outreach activities to diverse communities

  • Goal to record all future commissioned work

Interested applicants can send resume, audio, and video samples to frictionquartet@gmail.com 

and we can discuss scheduling a trial rehearsal period. 

Mission Statement:

 

Friction Quartet exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire. Friction achieves its mission by commissioning new works, curating imaginative programs, collaborating with artists, and presenting interactive educational outreach.

Racial Equity Statement:

Friction Performing Arts is committed to presenting art that tells the compelling stories of our time and amplifies the diverse voices of our community. We recognize that the classical music world has a history dominated largely by white, affluent persons. As an organization primarily focused on contemporary music, we will strive to present and commission music that challenges the classical music world’s long standing traditional frameworks. We will work to actively cultivate equity in our programming, commissioning, collaborative partnerships, and in our educational programming. (Racial equity policies and a more in depth statement are in development with the Friction Performing Arts Board of Directors)