Driven by their belief in the power of education, the Marian Anderson String Quartet has performed in hundreds of churches, libraries, museums, soup kitchens and prisons. They have brought their craft to countless children across America under the auspices of Young Audiences, Da Camera of Houston and Project G.R.A.D. (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) in Houston, Texas.
In 2000, the Marian Anderson String Quartet was awarded a rural residency grant from the Texaco Foundation, which brought music and culture to communities inthe south and southwestern United States.
In 2008 the Marian Anderson String Quartet received the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet Award from Chamber Music America (CMA). CMA awards an annual residency grant specifically designed for string quartets as part of their Residency Partnership Program. This award provided the funding for anextensive outreach project featuring the Marian Anderson String Quartet and benefiting the inner city school children of Seattle, Washington in 2009.
Based in the city of Bryan/College Station, TX since 2001, the Marian Anderson String Quartet continues to serve the community through ongoing collaborations with numerous local arts organizations.
The Marian Anderson String Quartet presented a residency with Camp OPAS at Texas A&M University. This residency used a template designed by the Quartet to introduce fourth graders to the world of the performing arts. The Quartet has also performed for over 1,000 children in the College Station and Bryan Independent School Districts through a series of generous educational grants from the Plass Foundation.
The Marian Anderson String Quartet regularly collaborates with various musical organizations in the Brazos Valley such as; St. Cecilia’s Consort – an Early Music Ensemble, the American Guild of Organists and Concerts on Carter Creek. From 2004 to 2006, the Marian Anderson String Quartet sat in the principal chairs as Ensemble in Residence with the Brazos Valley Symphony.
They have toured across Texas bringing their unique brand of outreach to such cities as Austin, Beaumont, Brown, Conroe, Crystal Lake, Dallas, Sherman, Galveston, Georgetown, Houston and San Angelo.