The Easy Arrangements for Adult Beginners String Quartet
Over 40 years ago, when I began my journey with the violin, I've dreamed of forming a String Quartet. Life, in general, has made it a non-starter and it may well still be a non-starter.
I'm sure there are late starting adults who might be interested but I do have the problem of being a day-person so I'd like sessions to be on weekends in the daytime, not planning to "perform" and the focus would be on simplified arrangements that can be easy to play.
My question is: Does this sound like a non-starter to you or do you think there might be a way of making it happen?
Last Resort Music Publishing has fairly easy arrangements of music for string duets, trios and quartets - at least it's a reasonable place to start - if you must.
George, you forget to tell us how easy is "easy". I am certain you will find other players interested, if you live in or near a reasonably large community.
It looks, from your bio, that you live very close to New York City, in a densely populated part of New Jersey. There are probably tons of excellent amateurs in your area; certainly it looks like there are multiple community orchestras. You should have no problem finding people of your own level; you don't need to resort to beginners who need to play arrangements designed for little kids. I assume, since you feel confident enough in your own technical abilities to be teaching the violin, that you have no problem handling standard quartet literature yourself. (While some of the literature is pretty brutal, much of it was written for amateurs to play at home, and has fairly modest technical demands.)
If you go to jwpepper.com and search for "string quartet" you'll find many listings. Some are the standard quartet literature which would most likely be more difficult than it sounds like you're aiming for, but there are also many which are aimed at middle school and high school students, as well as some which are aimed at church ensembles. Also Luck's has a lot listed, some of which would fit your criteria.
Should be a breeze, then, George. Just do it.