Taking its inspiration from the exquisite rugged natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the Saint Helens String Quartet embraces a sense of musical adventure, exploring an often uncharted sonic territory in which contemporary classical music intersects with genres including jazz, pop, rock, folk and world music. Called the “Saint Helens adventurous four” by the Seattle Weekly, the group makes a practice of commissioning and performing works by 20th century composers.

The quartet has won several 4 Culture commissioning grants and has recorded and presented works of local composers at Seattle’s Benaroya Recital Hall. They have appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Lopez Island Community Center, Cornish College of the Arts, Holly Schoolhouse in Seabeck, Benaroya Recital Hall, Snohomish Second Sundays series, and Bach on the Dock on Lake Union.

As recipients of a Jack Straw Residency grant the quartet recorded the American Dreams album.


American Dreams

Release Date: August 14, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6004
21st Century
String Quartet
The intersection of classical music and popular and folk music is where the journey begins for the Seattle-based Saint Helens String Quartet - consisting of Stephen Bryant, violin; Adrianna Hulscher, violin; Michael Lieberman, viola; and Paige Stockley, cello - exploring a sonic vision of American culture presented by four contemporary composers on their debut Navona Records release, AMERICAN DREAMS.