Help Wanted!


As we approach the end of a successful year, we are looking ahead to next season, too, and we’re going to need some help. As we continue our march towards full-time work, we are reluctantly saying goodbye to our two violinists, Sujean Kim and Jack Bogard, both of whom have given so much to the group.

Jack, off to Indiana University for graduate school in the fall, expanded 4-Way’s musical horizons, especially with his background as a championship Irish fiddler - much of our programming this year has reflected his folk background, and we’ll really miss his great playing and musical curiosity! (His puns, not so much.) IU is lucky to have him.

Sujean has been with 4-Way from the beginning, and has been the anchor of the group in so many ways - she is a formidable violinist, an exceptional chamber musician, a devoted teacher, an unfailingly supportive colleague, and most important, a dear friend. She will be missed, but we’ll try to keep the spirit and energy she brought to the group as we move forward.

So, we need two violinists who want to change the world through string quartets - can you help us find them? The job description is below - PLEASE share it with anyone you can think of, and email us at with any suggestions!

Wanted2 violinists to join 4-Way, a community-based string quartet, whose members share a deep commitment to community engagement and social action in their work. Candidates should be equally committed to performing chamber music at the highest level, teaching, and community engagement.


            A master’s degree in violin performance or chamber music (or a bachelor’s degree and significant professional experience)


·           Significant experience teaching violin, ideally in a community-oriented setting.


·           Passion for ongoing, deep engagement with underserved communities through performance and instrumental instruction


·           Commitment to helping the ensemble grow towards full-time employment, through administrative activities including publicity, operations, strategic planning, and fundraising.


·           Interest in a broad range of repertoire, creating non-traditional programs and engaging audiences (e.g. speaking from the stage).


·           Excellent organizational and communication skills


·           Reliable transportation


·           Successful applicant must pass local, state, and federal background check, and obtain a Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Security Badge.




In addition to quartet performances and occasional meetings with community partners, between September and May, members will have the following weekly duties:



·       teaching for the 4-Way String Project, the group’s free education program - Tuesdays, 4 – 6 P.M. (additional teaching 12:30 - 3 P.M. on Tuesdays  available for further stipend - see below)

·       3-5 hours per week quartet rehearsal

·       semi-monthly business meeting (after rehearsal)

·       5 hours per week administrative duties




  • $8,000 minimum annual stipend

  • additional $3,000 stipend for 1 violinist teaching 12:30 - 3 on Tuesdays

  • further compensation for additional performance and teaching opportunities may develop


To Apply:


Please send the following to no later than April 30, 2019.


  • Cover letter

  • Resume with at least three professional references


Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis, and the position may be filled before the application deadline. Applicants may be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, and finalists will have an audition/interview in late April or early May. Position will begin on or before August 15, 2019.


About 4-Way:


Founded in 2015, 4-Way has quickly established itself as one of the area’s leading chamber ensembles. They perform regularly in community settings and private homes, as well as traditional concert spaces, including the Taft Museum, the Mercantile Library, and the Weston Art Gallery. They have also appeared at Otterbein University and Wilmington College.


4-Way is in residence at Woodford Paideia Elementary School, as part of Cincinnati Public Schools’ Vision 2020 initiative. Woodford also is the home of the 4-Way String Project, the group’s free education program.


The group is moving towards becoming a full-time ensemble, and towards 501(c)3 non-profit status – currently, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center serves as the quartet’s fiscal agent, helping the group raise tax-deductible contributions from over 100 individual supporters, as well as grants from ArtsWave, 5/3 Bank, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, and the Ohio String Teachers Association.



Nat Chaitkin