New Erik Nielsen work for N3!!!


We are commissioning a new piano quartet by Brookfield composer  Erik Nielsen this year.

Erik is well-known to Vermont audiences as a prolific composer of instrumental, choral, and operatic music. Each of us in the Northern Third Piano Quartet have performed Erik’s works, including in Fleeting Animal and various solo pieces. Since Erik knows our playing very well, he has already parts of the new piano quartet with our playing styles and spirits in mind!

The Northern Third Piano Quartet will premiere Erik's new work in the Fall of 2018 in Northfield, Randolph, and St. Albans.


We are the Northern Third Piano Quartet .
Or you can call us N3 for short!  We do!

We have been playing together as a group since 2013. We have played all over Vermont including at Brandon Music, Spruce Peak Performing Arts, Barre Opera House and Norwich University. Our repertoire includes music of the duo, trio and piano quartet repertoire, ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to Shostakovich and Martinu. Here's a video clip of us playing Schumann!

A major goal of our group is to expand the piano quartet repertoire with new music by Vermont composers. We feel strongly that audiences should have more opportunity to hear works of our state composers.


Please consider making a tax-deductible deduction to this exciting project!

Your donation is vital to making this project happen!

Contributions in *any* amount are greatly appreciated and will help us reach our goal!

To reach the goal of this commission and the concert premieres in the fall of 2018, we have drafted a budget of $7,000.00:

$4,000.00 to cover Erik’s commission cost,
$2,000.00 for rehearsal and performance fees,
$800.00 for the rental of Chandler Music Hall, and $200.00 for the gift to the United Church of Northfield.

We have received $2,000.00 already in donations. We need to raise an additional $5,000.00 this spring.

All contributions to support the Northern Third Piano Quartet are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Northern Third Piano Quartet is partnering with the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier as its fiscal sponsor.

Monteverdi Music School is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions may be directed to:

Monteverdi Music School, Inc.
46 Barre St
Montpelier, VT 05602

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Thank you for your consideration!

Musically Yours,
Sofia, Elizabeth, John, and Alison
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