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Gabor Viragh

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Supervisor of Ear Training

Email: gviragh@hartford.edu 

Website:  www.gaborviragh.com

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”The freshness and liveliness of his teaching immediately caught my attention: with his humour and energetic personality, he was able to bring the students to a level of total engagement…”
”I am convinced that Mr Virágh’s teaching … will certainly be an asset to the future of the Hartt School…”
Mrs. Sarolta Kodály (letter September 2000)

”June evokes Chet Baker’s small voice and tender, thoughtful phrasing and is aided by the skilled Gábor Virágh standing in as the trumpet and fluegelhorn man…”

Rob Lester, Sound Advice, www.talkingbroadway.com

Education 

Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (University)

Teacher Training Institute, Budapest, Hungary: Classical & Jazz studies, according to the Kodály Concept.

Among his teachers were the most outstanding Master Pedagogues of the Kodály Movement such as Melinda Kistétényi, Ildikó Herboly, and Mária Farkas.

Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, Budapest, Hungary

Berklee College of Music; Jazz trumpet, graduated Cum Laude

Academie Musicala Ottorino Respighi Summer Festival, Assisi, Italy: Solo Performance Degree, Orchestra and Chamber Music Studies.

Positions
  • Associate Professor of Music Theory / Kodály Specialist, since 1992. Tenured in 2000.
  • Supervisor of Ear Training
  • Adjunct Faculty Member of New England Conservatory Boston
  • Faculty of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz / Jazz Trumpet
  • Judge of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition Series of CMF of New England at the Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Associate Faculty of the Kodály Center of America


Pedagogical Activities
  • Since his appearance at The Hartt School, the Ear-Training Faculty became a growing and flourishing part of the Music Theory Department, giving new inspirations to the Department’s Development. His teaching experience reaches from the early childhood classes to the area of the master teacher level.
  • Mr. Virágh is a former board member of OAKE, a frequent lecturer of OAKE, and he was also an invited lecturer at CMEA and at the 14th International Kodály Symposium in Hungary, 1999.
  • During his Sabbatical 2009 he gave Lectures at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute Kecskemét, Hungary, the birthplace of Zoltán Kodály. Frequent Guest Lecturer on Kodály Concept throughout the United States
  • Paper titled: The Evolution & Sequence Development of the Curriculum in the Hungarian Music Education in the philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly, 8st12th Grade. Part I. 2009 Summer Kodaly Seminar at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
  • Paper titled: The Evolution & Sequence Development of the Curriculum in the Hungarian Music Education in the philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly High School and College Level. Part II. 2010 Summer Kodaly Seminar at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
  • Invited Presenter: “Key to the Blues: Pentaton at the 2010 OAKE Conference Dallas.

       Ÿ Presenter at the professional day sessions, Weston Public Schools, Weston MA

  • Paper titled: The Evolution & Sequence Development of the Curriculum in the Hungarian Music Education in the philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly High School and College Level. Part III. 2011 Summer Kodaly Seminar at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
  • Paper titled: Brief performance history of the Modes: from Palestrina to Kind of Blue. 2012 Summer Kodaly Seminar at Wichita State University in Wichita KS.
  • Invited presenter at 2013 OAKE National Conference. Title: The Nature of Music, Hartford CT.
  • Two presentations: No 1. Class demonstration with Hartt students. Music: The natural organic food of the soul. (The role and settings of the augmented 6th chords. No 2. Presentation as Kodaly’s pedagogical exercises – Literature of Music. Understanding stylistic relevance’s at 2013 OAKE National Conference Hartford, CT.
  • Kodaly in the 21th Century: Contemporary Approach To The Kodaly Philosophy. Workshop at Arpad Fasang Music School, Budapest, Hungary. 2013
  • Mr. Virágh is a frequent Guest Clinician and Lecturer at numerous Colleges, Universities and School Systems throughout the United States. He taught Advanced Ear Training Course at Silver Lake College, WI.
  • He is a Permanent Summer Faculty at the following institutions1995-

o    Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE.

o    University of Nebraska Omaha, NE.

o    New England Conservatory Boston, MA

o    Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.

o    Wichita State University, KS.

o   (Solfege-Ear-Training,Levels-1,2,3,Conducting Levels-1,2,3,)

Performances & Recordings 

  • Since he moved to the States, he is a frequent performer throughout the New England area. He has been shared stages with trumpeter ▪Joe Wilder (original member of the Count Basie & Tonight Show Bands), with ▪ Gerald Wilson, ▪ Richard Evans (Grammy Award Winner), ▪ Luis Bellson, ▪ Phil Wilson, ▪ Bob Berg ▪ Jimmy Green, ▪ Steve Davis, ▪ Nat Reeves, ▪ Freddie Hubbard, ▪ Eddie Henderson, ▪ Claudio Roditi, ▪ Valerey Ponomarev, ▪ Alex Nakhimovsky and othersMr Virágh is soloist on live performances CD & DVD-s at Jordans Hall (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA) on the Kodály Teacher Training Institute’s Gala Concerts.(Contemporary and Jazz) with conductors such as ▪ Dr. Katalin Kiss and
    ▪ David Hodgkins and others.
  • Member and Featured Soloist at the New England Jazz Ensemble, the Steve Lord Big Band and the “Other Orchestra” Big Band. Featured Trumpet Soloist of Musica Mundi (Classical Hits) and Toodle-e labels (“Let’s Fall In Love” ▪ June Bisantz Evans sings ▪ Chet Baker)
  • Mr. Virágh was an Invited Guest Conductor of the 2008 Eastern Region High School Big Band Concert held at Jorgensen Hall of UCONN Storrs, CT. Most recently he was a featured Trumpet Soloist at the 2009International Summer Jazz Festival Hartford, CT. See on You-tube.
  • Trumpet soloist (Daniel Pinkham: Fanfares) at Wichita State University, Kansas. 2009
  • In Europe, Gábor Virágh displayed an extensive activity as a featured trumpet soloist in Jazz Festivals and Clubs, furthermore, he appears as a live concert trumpet soloist on the Compact Disc for Musica Mundi Label — “Favorite Classics”.

Ÿ Trumpet soloist “Blue Sky” with choral and Jazz Quartet at Commonwealth School Boston.

Ÿ Performance with the Chat Baker Project as a soloist at the Litchfield International Jazz Festival

He performed with the Orchestra of the Musical Theater Budapest and of the National Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. He was also a member of the Hungarian Radio Big Band. He taught Jazz Trumpet and Theory at the Conservatory Béla Bartók in Budapest.

Publications
  • Living Harmonies. Collected and Edited by Gábor Virágh. A Collection of three- and four-part challenging but accessible Chorale-like madrigals and hymns. Musics of Ingegneri, Casciolini and other composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. All with original Latin text to be used with students for both pedagogical advancement and performance. Educational remarks and ideas are included. Publisher: Kodály Center of America, Providence, RI. Adopted for use in numerous Kodály Teacher Training Programs in the USA.
  • In the Christmas Mood, Anthology of the Christmas Choral Music. Well-known and unknown Christmas melodies composed or arranged by prominent Hungarian composers and educators. Compiled by Gábor Virágh. Publisher: Kodály Center of America, Providence, RI.
  • World of Sounds, Volume I. Teachers Anthology & Students Workbook by László Dobszay, annotated translation by Gábor Virágh and edited by Jean Sinor. A Comprehensive method includes analysis of the music of Viennese classical period(Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.) to help students recognize harmonic functions. The book is published by Capitol University, Ohio. Use throughout Europe, England, and Australia.
  • New Words Volume I. A Collection of 15 Bicinia Hungarica, by Zoltán Kodály. Selected and edited by Gábor Virágh and Faith Knowles (Artistic Director of the Kodály Center). From Bicinia Hungarica Volumes I, II, III, & IV. Publisher: Kodály Center of America. Providence, RI.
  • New Words Volume II. A Collection of selected pedagogical exercises by Zoltán Kodály. Compiled and edited by Gábor Virágh and Faith Knowles (Artistic Director of the Kodály Center). Publisher: Kodály Center of America. Providence, RI.
  • From folk song structure to the structure of Bach Fugue by Gábor Virágh. Bulletin, Official journal of the International Kodály Society. The publication addresses the sequence, which leads from Kodály’s choral method publications through the structure of the imitation technique of the fugue — understanding the terms of fifth-changing melodies, real-tonal answers, and the role of the subject (dux-comes).
  • World of Sounds, Volume III. by László Dobszay (in preparation), an annotated translation by Gábor Virágh. This volume includes analysis of the music of Early Baroque Era (with special focus on the works by Henry Purcell).
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Faculty Advisor, Sigma Alpha Iota, Professional Music Fraternity at the University of Hartford

Member of the IKS (International Kodály Society)

Member of OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators)

Mr. Virágh is a former board member of OAKE