New Instruments for a New Quartet at Westmont

The late Hubert Schwyzer, former UCSB professor of philosophy, beloved community member, and passionate musician, was given an incredible legacy when Westmont commissioned a string quartet in his honor in the spring of 2007. “My father was not a musician by profession,” explains his son Hugo Schwyzer, “but it was his passion.”

When Westmont began toying with the idea of commissioning some instruments, Nona Pyron, Westmont cello professor and Hubert’s teacher, suggested that a quartet be created in honor of Schwyzer. While there was no direct connection between the UCSB professor and Westmont’s music program other than the loose link that Pyron provided, Hugo explained, “My father and Westmont both have a commitment of bringing music to Santa Barbara.” more

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