Happy Spring 2017!

Well, the second day of Spring 2017 classes are in the books here at Texas State. Orchestra auditions are finished, students are settling into classroom routines and it’s going to be a great semester! Since this blog is still pretty new, I should share some news about what’s been going on and what we’re excited about for the future!

In Fall 2016, we hosted TWO wonderful viola guest artist masterclasses. On October 21, Ellen Rose gave a wonderful class for students playing works of Mendelssohn, Bach and Bartók. Ms. Rose is Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony and on faculty at Southern Methodist University, and is the author of an awesome comprehensive scale method called Extreme Viola!  On November 11, Nathan Schram of the amazing Attacca String Quartet – who are the String Quartet-in-Residence at Texas State this year – gave a couple of energetic, inspiring classes. First we did a technique class with a lot of movement and balance exercises and some viola ensemble reading, then there was a viola masterclass with Texas State students playing works of Schumann, Beethoven and Bach. We also had 10 violists from McCallum HS in Austin join us for the classes. What a great time having so many violists together! We’re so grateful to both of these guest teachers, and are glad that Nathan will be coming back in April for another masterclass.

At the end of the fall semester, the viola studio also participated in a joint holiday concert with the Texas State Accompanying Class (under the direction of Faith De Bow) at Stone Brook Seniors Community. It was great fun!

In Spring 2017, the Texas State Viola Studio is proud to announce that we will be one of the featured schools in the American Viola Society “From the Studio” Blog! Check this link in March and April for blog posts from Texas State viola students! We’ll also repost them on this site. http://www.americanviolasociety.org/Education/Studio-Blog.php

We can’t wait – it’s going to be a great spring at Texas State!

Fantastic Fall Studio Recital!

 

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So proud of my wonderful students for giving a beautiful recital this past Monday night! They played works by Bach, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Beethoven and Eduard Pütz. (Actually there was quite a bit of Bach, but that’s okay – playing Bach is like taking your vitamins!) They all played beautifully and with excellent stage presence. Lots of performance goals were met, and we had fun doing it. Mission(s) accomplished!

It was a bittersweet evening because two of my students played their last Viola Studio Recital performances and will soon be moving on to the next phases of their career paths. James is a senior performance major who is currently submitting pre-screening auditions for Master of Music programs in performance. Armando will be playing his last jury next week to move into the Upper Level phase of his degree plan – he is a double-major in Sound Recording Technology and Electrical Engineering. I can’t wait to see what both of these students do next. We will miss them!!!

Now, on to the last week of the semester!