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Friday–Sunday, March 16–18, 2018

Hartt March Suzuki Workshop

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Join us for a weekend of intensive instruction, motivation, and fun with some of the most creative clinicians in North America. 

For violin, viola and guitar students, the March Hartt Suzuki String Workshop launches on Friday, March 16, 2018, with master classes for intermediate and advanced students led by our guest clinicians. Friday master classes are by teacher recommendation only. Saturday is the core of the program with three hours of classes, followed by a workshop wide play-in. 

For cellists the workshop kicks off on Saturday and continues onto Sunday with 4 classes including a master class, technique class, repertoire class, and play-in and mini recital with Amy Barston.

Teacher development is on Sunday with a session by Winifred Crock.

Schedule

Violin, Viola and Guitar Master Classes - Friday Evening (by Invitation Only)

Friday afternoon/evening is dedicated to master classes with our innovative guest clinicians. Master classes give students the unique opportunity to not only be coached by our distinguished guest clinicians, but also to be inspired by their peers.

Intermediate students will receive approximately 20-minutes of one-on-one coaching, and advanced students will receive approximately 30-minutes of one-on-one coaching with a guest clinician, followed by the opportunity to observe the clinician work with other students. Students should be prepared to stay for the full duration of the master class hour.

Location: Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, Conn.

Master classes are open to HCD private lesson Suzuki students at the recommendation of a HCD faculty member.

Violin, Viola and Guitar Workshop - Saturday

Saturday format consists of all group classes of varying sizes and levels. Students are scheduled for three to four hours of classes (depending upon level/instrument), held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a break for lunch*. The workshop culminates with a play-in at 2:30 focused on the works of J.S. Bach, as part of the worldwide celebration “Bach in the Subways”. Join us in Lincoln Theater for a collaborative finale of music by one of the favorite composers of all times.

Schedules will not be available before the workshop. Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

Saturday ARRIVAL TIME

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 9 a.m.: Students Book 2 and above
  • 10 a.m.: Students Book 1

Note: All classes finish at 2:20, followed by a play-in at 2:30 in Lincoln Theater.

FREE TIME

Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

*Lunch: There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop date. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

Saturday schedule is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.

 

Cello Workshop - Saturday and Sunday

Saturday is dedicated to technique classes, all students will be placed in a 1-hour class according to their level.  Classes will take place between 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday's format consists of master classes, repertoire classes, a mini faculty recital, and a play-in. Students are scheduled for three to four hours of classes held from 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. with a break for lunch* from 12:30–1:30 p.m., a recital by Amy Barston, and play-in from 1:30–3 p.m.

Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

Saturday

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. depending on level

Sunday

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. depending on level
  • 1:30 p.m. Mini-recital by Amy Barston and Play-In
  • 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. depending on level

FREE TIME

Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

*Lunch: There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop weekend. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

The cello workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play Twinkle to participate in the weekend workshop.

Teacher Workshop - Sunday

The Sunday Teacher Workshop will feature a four-hour teacher development session with pedagogue Winifred Crock.

Reflections on Lessons from Matsumoto

Winifred Crock will lead an interactive session on techniques and materials based on her time in Matsumoto studying with Dr. Suzuki and based on years of reflection and application in private study, group work and in ensembles. Topics will include: tone and tonalization sequences and materials, shifting, string crossings, left hand elbow, applications of listening, and many other concepts. Winifred will also share life lessons and how Dr. Suzuki and the Talent Education School influenced her as a teacher and as a person.

Group Class: The Foundation of Ensemble Skills

Winifred will share sequences and concepts that are basic fundamentals in the group class that are also the foundations of ensemble technique. She will begin with techniques that are commonly used in group work and then incorporate ear training and ensemble teaching and learning sequences into the process. 

Teacher session: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

Tuition and Registration

Register online!

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 30, 2018, and save $5!
Registration deadline: March 1, 2018.

The Early Bird $5 discount and the HCD Private Lesson $15 discount apply automatically on the checkout screen.  They do not require a coupon or discount code.

Violin, Viola and Guitar Master Classes - Friday Evening

  • Intermediate Master Class Tuition: $55

  • Advanced Master Class Tuition: $70

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 30, 2018, and save $5!
Registration deadline: March 1, 2018.

*Participation in master classes are by HCD teacher invitation only.

Violin, Viola and Guitar Workshop - Saturday

  • Tuition: $95

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD Private Lesson Students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 30, 2018, and save $5! 
Registration deadline: March 1, 2018.

Bundle: Friday Master Class + Saturday Workshop (violin, viola, guitar)

Register for the Master Class and Workshop together to save $15!

  • Intermediate Bundle Tuition: $135

  • Advanced Bundle Tuition: $150

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD private lesson students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 30, 2018, and save $5! 
Registration deadline: March 1, 2018.

Cello Workshop - Saturday and Sunday

  • Tuition: $95

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD Private Lesson Students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 30, 2018, and save $5! 
Registration deadline: March 1, 2018.

Teacher Workshop - Sunday

Tuition for teachers: $60 (No registration fee.)

2018 Guest Clinicians

  • Winifred Crock, violin, Ballwin, Mo.
  • Loren Abramson, violin, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Gabe Bolkosky, violin, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Kathy Almquist, violin and viola, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Seth Himmelhoch, guitar; Teaneck, N.J.
  • Amy Barston, cello; Swarthmore, Penn.
  • Alice Ann O'Neill, cello; Cincinnati, Ohio

Read more about our guest clinicians below.

WINIFRED CROCK, VIOLIN

Winifred CrockWinifred Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School for over twenty-five years, and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. During her tenure, the Parkway Central High Music Department was awarded GRAMMY Gold Signature school status as one of the top high school music departments in the country. In demand as a clinician, teacher and conductor, Crock has been the featured string clinician at conferences and universities in over 20 states, and abroad. Crock has been named the Missouri ASTA Private Studio and Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, the NFHA Midwest Outstanding Music Educator, and the ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator. Crock holds degrees from SIU-E, KSU and from the Suzuki-Talent-Education-Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki. She is a certified Kodály instructor. Her publications include Learning Together Series and Pattern Play for Strings Series.

LOREN ABRAMSON, VIOLIN

Loren AbramsonViolinist and conductor Loren Abramson is a recently retired public school orchestra teacher of all levels. Prior to her public school career,  Abramson served as a Suzuki Violin teacher on the faculties of the St. Louis Community Music School, Tucson AZ Talent Education, and Ithaca Talent Education in New York.

Abramson holds Bachelors of Music from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Lindenwood University. She studied violin and Suzuki pedagogy with Sanford Reuning and John Kendall. Additional violin studies were with Pamela Gearhart, Theodora McMillan, and Lorraine Glass-Harris of the St. Louis Symphony.

Abramson maintains a private violin studio and performs regularly with the Heritage String Quartet. A nationally recognized clinician, she has served as a guest teacher at many summer Suzuki Institutes.

The SAA invited Abramson’s Honors Orchestra to perform at the 2000, 2006, and 2008 Conferences. She was awarded Missouri String Teacher of the Year in 2008 and the St. Louis Symphony Educator of the Year in 2010.

In 2011 Abramson retired from teaching public school and began working as a technician and trainer at St. Louis Galleria Apple Store. In her free time, Abramson enjoys time spent with her wife, Lain, running with her Golden Retriever, Mimi, and nature photography. 

GABE BOLKOSKY, VIOLIN

Gabe BolkoskyViolinist Gabriel Bolkosky performs and teaches across the United States and abroad. His diverse repertoire includes contemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music. He has collaborated with composers including Fredric Rzewski (world premiere at Carnegie Hall), William Bolcom, John Harbison, Thomas Ades, Bright Sheng, William Albright, Andrew Kirshner, Lars Holmer, Carter Pann, Michael Daugherty, George Tsontakis, Derek Bermel, and Bernard Rands. As a jazz and tango musician, Bolkosky has worked with great artists such as John Lindberg, Peter Soave, Tad Weed, Ed Sarath, Chris Howes, Andy Bishop, and was a founding member of The Oblivion Project.

A native of Detroit, Bolkosky's primary teachers were Michael Avsharian, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance, a master’s in chamber music, and also studied improvisation at the master’s level at the University of Michigan. At the Cleveland Institute he earned a Professional Studies degree, served a year as Weilerstein’s teaching assistant, and won the school’s prestigious Darius Milhaud prize.

Bolkosky has released seven CDs that show his breadth as a musician, available at gabrielbolkosky.com. He has taught at the University of Michigan and worked with young musicians of all ages in most of the 50 states and parts of Asia. He is the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit musical resource for artists and educational institutions, and directs PhoenixPhest and PhoenixPhest Grande. Bolkosky also maintains a private violin studio.

KATHY ALMQUIST, VIOLIN AND VIOLA

Kathy AlmquistKathy Almquist received a Bachelors Degree from the Hartt School and a Masters degree at the Yale School of Music. Her viola teachers include: Patricia McCarty, Harold Coletta, Lawrence Dutton, Rosemary Glyde, Jesse Levine, and Scott Nickrenz.

After completing studies at Yale, she went on to Long Term Suzuki Teacher Training in viola as well as violin with Teri and David Einfeldt at the Hartt School of Music. Suzuki training continued with Carol Smith, Carrie Reuning Hummel and Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. She has been a faculty member of The Hartt Suzuki Program, The Suzuki School of Newton and was Upper Strings Coordinator and viola faculty for Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Almquist is a frequent guest clinician at Suzuki Workshops and Summer Institutes.

A former member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, she often performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a substitute player at the National Opera of Finland.

In addition to principal players at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, her students include a featured violist on Public Radioʼs From the Top, a 2011 Virtu Foundation Scholarship recipient, the winner of the 2010 Rosemary Glyde Scholarship from the New York Viola Society, the 2009 winner of the A-muse the World Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2008 New England String Ensemble Concerto Competition. 

Current and former students have continued their studies at such places as Harvard University, Amherst College, Oberlin College, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Bates College, University of Michigan, the Walnut Hill School, Meadowmount and the Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Italy.

SETH HIMMELHOCH, GUITAR

Himmelhock SethSeth Himmelhoch is a classical guitarist and teacher based in Teaneck, New Jersey. Himmelhoch has made solo appearances at such venues as the 92nd St. Y, Alice Tully Hall, Wagner College in Staten Island, and St. Paul's Chapel in NYC. He has performed as a member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Cavatina, which was awarded a debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie as winners of the Artists International Auditions.

A prominent member of the Suzuki Guitar Community, Himmelhoch serves as chair of the Guitar Development Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Guitar School.

Himmelhoch has released the solo CD Seth Himmelhoch Guitar Recital and he appears on the Duo Cavatina CD Songs and Dances of the Americas.

Himmelhoch is director of classical guitar studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and he is the founder and director of the Suzuki guitar program at the JCC/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, N.J.

AMY BARSTON, CELLO

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Amy BarstonBarston has performed as soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, BargeMusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), the Power House (Australia), the International Musicians Seminar (Cornwall, England), Symphony Center (Chicago), the Olympic Music Festival, and the Banff Centre (Canada). At age seventeen she appeared as soloist with t he Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American Musicians’ Competition, and won First Place and the Audience Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Starting cello at age 3, Miss Barston studied with Nell Novak at The Music Institute of Chicago. She continued with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California and with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Masters degree and was Class Assistant to Mr. Krosnick. She has also worked with Yo Yo Ma, Rostropovich, David Geringas, Bernhard Greenhouse, Robert Mann, Ralph Kirshbaum, Timothy Eddy, Gary Hoffman, Mannheim Pressler, Tabea Zimmerman, and Pinchas Zukerman, among many others.

Miss Barston has premiered many works written for her by living composers across the United States. In 2000 she performed as soloist with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of a concerto written for her by Juilliard professor Kendall Briggs. In 2001 she toured the US and Australia and performed Osvaldo Golijov’s Omaramor for solo cello in twenty cities, receiving twenty consecutive standing ovations. In 2002 she performed the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath at the Ravinia Festival; The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “the deep, rich tones of Barston’s cello haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision.”

Miss Barston has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony, the Denison Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Westchester Symphony, the Pasadena Orchestra, the Intermountain String Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, among many others. She made her first solo appearance with orchestra in Guelph, Canada when she was twelve.

Miss Barston is the cellist of two critically acclaimed chamber ensembles: the Corigliano Quartet and Divahn. Strad magazine hailed the “abundant commitment and mastery” of the Corigliano Quartet. Divahn is a unique all-female quartet comprised of voice, percussion, violin, and cello that specializes in Middle Eastern music and improvisation. Miss Barston has also performed sonatas and chamber music with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Jon Kimura Parker, Arnold Steinhardt, Bernard Greenhouse, Leila Josefowitz, Peter Oundjian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ani Kavafian, Mark O’Connor, Danny Phillips, the Ying Quartet, the Orion Quartet, and the Lark Quartet, among many others. She is also Co-Artistic Director of the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival.

Above all, Miss Barston is a devoted teacher: in her home, at the New York School for Strings, as a guest teacher at Juilliard, and at numerous summer festivals. Many students commute for lessons from hundreds of miles away, some from as far as Alaska, Brazil, and Japan.

Miss Barston’s upcoming schedule includes solo and chamber music performances in England, New Zealand, Sydney, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Wisconsin, Rochester, Denver, Chicago, and Germany, as well as giving classes for young cellists in nine cities in the US, Europe, and Australia.

ALICE ANN O'NEILL, CELLO

Dr. Alice Ann M. O’Neill, SC, artist cellist and scholar, has professional Alice Ann O'Neillperformance experience in symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and as a soloist throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, and the U.S., in well-known venues such as El Escorial (Madrid), Teatro Alla Scala (Venice & Milan), Symphony Hall (Boston), and Carnegie Hall (New York). She continues to perform regularly with The Mount St. Joseph Faculty Piano Trio and in solo concerts.

She attended Boston University and The Ohio State University to study cello performance and Suzuki/string teaching. Her cello teachers included George Neikrug, Leslie Parnas, Colin Carr, Claude Kennison, Janos Starker, and Tanya Carey and chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner, Raphael Hillyer, the Muir String Quartet, and the Stradivari and Guarneri Quartets.

Dr. O’Neill has extensive teaching experience and specializes in the Suzuki method. She has taught many clinics and workshops and presented at international education and research conferences. Her research articles have been published in The Journal of Research in Music Education, the American Suzuki Journal, and the Vincentian Heritage Journal. Previous collegiate teaching positions in cello and chamber music include Capital University (Columbus, OH), The Ohio State University, and at the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH). Several of her cello students have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” and won prizes at the St. Paul’s String Quartet and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Her former students have continued their cello studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, Catholic University of America, Aspen Music Festival, Kent-Blossom Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University, Harvard University, and the Juilliard School in New York City.

Currently, Dr. O’Neill teaches cello, string pedagogy, chamber music and various music courses at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity.

2018 Repertoire Lists

Violin, viola, and guitar students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.

Violin

Book Repertoire
1 Twinkle, Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, O’ Come Little Children, Allegro, Andantino, Minuet 1 (GM/DM), Minuet 2 (GM/DM), Minuet 3 (GM/DM), Gossec Gavotte
2 Musette, Long, Long Ago, Bourree, Gavotte from “Mignon”, Boccherini Minuet
3 Minuet (GM/DM), Gavotte in G minor, Gavotte in D Major, Bourree
4 Seitz Concerto No. 5, 3rd mvt, Vivaldi Concerto in A minor-3rd mvt, Bach Double
5 Bach Gavotte, Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor-2nd mvt, Vivaldi Concerto in G minor-3rd mvt, Bach Double
6 La Folia, Fiocco Allegro, Handel DM-2nd mvt
7 Bach Concerto in A minor-1st mvt and 3rd mvt, Bach Courante, Corelli Courante
8 Eccles Sonata-1st and 4th mvt, Bach Allegro, Veracini Sonata-2nd mvt
Post Book 8: Bach Double-2nd, 3rd mvts, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Partita #3-Preludio

Viola

Book Repertoire
1 Twinkle, Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, O’ Come Little Children, Allegro, Andantino, Bohemian Folksong, Minuet 1, Minuet 2, Minuet 3, Gossec Gavotte
2 Musette, Long, Long Ago, Bourree, Gavotte from “Mignon”, Boccherini Minuet
3 Bach Minuet, Gavotte in G minor
4 Seitz Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvt, Telemann single and double concerti
5 Bach Prelude, Courante, Gigue from Suite #1
6 Bach Double, Bach Arioso, Bach Allemande, Minuets 1 and 2 from Suite #1
7 TBA
8 TBA

Supplemental: Bach Chorale "Ein Feste Burg" (arr. Betsy Stuen-Walker) for 4 Violas in CM

Guitar

Book Repertoire
1 All
2 Waltz, Andantino-Carcassi, Andante-Carcassi, A Toye, Allegro, Long Long Ago
3 Celeste y Blanco, Etude-Coste, Waltz from Sonata No. 9, Nonesuch, Greensleeves, Packington’s Pound
4 La Folia, Lesson for Two Lutes, Waltz Allegro, Lesson, Siciliana
5 Allegro Vivace, Minuet and Trio, Maria Luisa: Mazurka, Vals Espanol
6 Bouree, Guardarme las Vacas, Damas Etude
7 Canarios, Sonata, Vivaldi Concerto-Mvt II
8 Gavottes, Minuets
9 TBA

Suzuki Workshop FAQ

Who is the workshop for?

Violin, viola, and guitar: Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop. All participants need to be studying with a Suzuki teacher.

The Cello Workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play "Twinkle" to participate in the weekend workshop.

What are the benefits of studying with a different teacher for one day?

Every teacher has a different perspective, different training, and different experiences that influence their teaching. While it is important to have one primary teacher to guide your child, a lot can be learned from working with a different teacher occasionally, either at a workshop or at a summer institute.

To what extent should my student master the pieces on the repertoire list?

Review is an important pillar of the Suzuki method. The repertoire list is a guideline of what pieces may be worked on in the repertoire classes in the workshop. Please prepare all of the pieces your child has learned to the best of your ability. If a piece is played that your child is not comfortable playing, they should sit down and listen during that piece. Pieces will be chosen from the repertoire list for the final play-in.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu