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High school string students can register now for March 2 workshop
Monday, January 14, 2013

String Experience for High School Students at SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia cello professor, Dr. Natasha Farny, works with past String Experience participant in a master class setting.

The SUNY Fredonia School of Music announces its annual String Experience for high school string players on Saturday, March 2. Offering master classes, performance & practice technique workshops, orchestral reading session, fiddling workshop, faculty concert and reception, participants will work in small groups with Fredonia’s conservatory-trained artist faculty in a fun, supportive learning environment.

Register ($25 per person, which includes lunch) online by Feb. 14 via the School of Music website>>

Registration is required. This event is free for parents and teachers. A late fee is added for any registrations received after February 14.

The String Experience is a seminar for high school violinists, violists, cellists and bassists that brings you in contact with Fredonia’s conservatory-trained string faculty, and exemplifies the unique one-on-one relationship that is fostered between students and teachers at Fredonia. Young musicians will be given the chance to improve performance and practice techniques, interact with other string players, and attend a recital with our distinguished faculty artists. String players will work in small sessions, developing performance skills, working on issues of stage fright and the audition process, improving technical skills such as shifting, intonation, tone production, and more. The atmosphere is designed to be a fun, supportive learning environment for students, but teachers and parents are also encouraged to attend - we hope you'll join us for this exciting event.

Each year follows a similar format, with different topics providing returning students new and exciting information. This year's highlights include morning masterclasses, an orchestral reading session led by our orchestra director, Dr. David Rudge which will include college students reading side by side with String Experience participants. Dr. Rudge conducts high school All State orchestras all over the country and brings the perspective of being a string player himself who is familiar with authentic performance practices for older music. Web links to the music will be sent to all applicants so they can familiarize themselves with their parts. This feature will enable all participants to have a high level playing opportunity, even if they do not perform for the masterclasses. There will also be workshops in fiddling, improvisation, cello ensembles, and jazz bass playing available earlier in the afternoon.

The Gala Faculty Concert will feature Fredonia's distinguished faculty members performing chamber works culminating in a performance of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, including some of the finest School of Music string students.

Call the School of Music at 716-673-3151 for more information.

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