The Harrington String Quartet
A gem in the cultural landscape of West Texas

The Harrington String Quartet was established by a generous gift from the late Sybil B. Harrington to benefit the Panhandle community. From its founding in 1981, the quartet has brought "stellar credentials" and "a refined sense of ensemble and musical integrity" to performances across the nation and internationally. During the summer of 2015, the quartet returned to Europe as performing guests at the International Festival of Chamber Music (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Sofia Music Weeks (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Musica in Univerista (Pavia, Italy). In 2016, they performed at the concert series of the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC, and in 2017 the University of Central Arkansas hosted a series of master classes and performances featuring HSQ members. In the spring of 2018, the four performed at the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma and completed a two-day residency at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. In the spring of 2019, the quartet toured South Korea with performances at University of Suwon and Changwon National University. Highlights from past seasons include a New York debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall, the PBS documentary A Sound Collaboration - The Harrington String Quartet, and the commission and premiere of Samuel Jones’s First String Quartet. The quartet has also enjoyed collaborations with world-renowned artists David Shifrin, Pepe Romero, James Dick, William Preucil, James Dunham, Robert Levin, Alon Goldstein, Guy Yehuda, Arthur Rowe, Ludmil Angelov, and members of the Cavani, Miró, and Pro Arte String Quartets.

For over thirty years, the quartet has delighted audiences with their finely blended sound and heart-felt interpretations of a wide spectrum of repertoire, which ranges from Bach and Purcell to Bartok and Crumb. Harrington String Quartet’s collaborative recording with the Phoenix Chorale, Northern Lights, was distinguished as iTunes’s Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012. In 2005, the quartet also released a Grammy nominated album of works by American composer Daniel McCarthy on the Albany Records label.

The Harrington String Quartet is in residence as string faculty at West Texas A&M University. Committed to both performing and teaching, the quartet regularly provides concerts, master classes, lecture-recitals and presentations for audiences of all ages, as well as collaborative projects with artists from various fields.

"SYNERGY in G" the 2022-2023 Season
Thursday, November 3, WT INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURE EVENT: Musical Ciphers 


HSQ and Dr. Pam Lockwood from the Department of Mathematics  

November 3, FACRH, 7:30 pm  

Free and Open to the Public

Red Tango HSQ
Friday, November 4, Northen Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

Musical Ciphers  

Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 6

Bach, Contrapunctus XIV from The Art of Fugue

Brahms Sextet in G major, Op. 36

            Guest-artists Kimberly Sparr, viola and Dennis Parker, cello

Tickets and information: WTAMU SoM 806-651-2840

February 12, MK Brown Civic Center, Pampa Community Concert Series

Haydn, String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1

Smetana, String Quartet “From My Life”

Thursday, February 16, WT INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURE EVENT: The Chemistry of Sound

HSQ and Dr. Nick Flynn, Professor of Biochemistry from the WTAMU Department of Chemistry and Physics

February 16, Northen Hall, 7:30 pm 

February 17, Amarillo College Concert Hall, 7:30 pm

Chemistry of Sound 

Haydn, String Quartet Op. 76 No. 1

Bacewicz, Piano Quintet

Smetana, String Quartet “From My Life”

            Guest-artist Jessica Osborne, piano

Tickets and information: WT School of Music 806 651-2840

HSQ with the Pattersons
April 14, Auditorium Ballroom Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 7:30 pm



HSQ & String Principals 

Ravel String Quartet

Mendelssohn Octet

Tickets information: Amarillo Symphony 806 376-8782

HSQ with the Pattersons
Wednesday, April 26, WT INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURE EVENT: A Working Constitution


HSQ and Dr. David Rausch, Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science from the WTAMU Department of Political Science

April 26, Northen Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

Harrington Quartet
April 28, Northen Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

A Working Constitution 

Florence Price, String Quartet No. 1

Kodaly, String Quartet No. 2

Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 135

Tickets and information: WTAMU SoM 806-651-2840

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