Fall 2020 registration is open!
VIOLIN CHOIR ONLINE
Violin Choir is an online class for intermediate players to connect with fellow violinists to develop their skills, explore the musical world, and share their experiences. In a weekly 45-minute Zoom call, students will build technique through violin exercises and short pieces learned jointly, discuss practice strategies and struggles, and perform solos for each other. Students will also receive weekly listening assignments and keep a journal where they reflect on the new music they discover each week. Sharing their thoughts and feelings about the music with the class will be an essential part of building the musical community. Listening assignments this semester will focus on the works of BIPOC and female composers from the Baroque era to present day.
A new piece of repertoire will also be learned over the semester. The class will culminate in a professionally produced video with all students performing together.
For questions about placement, contact Claire Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Artist Presentations
- How to Write About Music
Presented by Ms. Laurie Niles, Musician/Founder of Violinist.com
Friday, October 16, 6:30 pm EST
- The history and Construction of the Violin
Presented by Mr. Benjamin Jones-Hayes, Luthier at Day Violins
Friday, April 16, 7:15 pm EST
To be eligible for the class, a participant must:
- Be currently enrolled in regular, weekly violin lessons either at the Academy or elsewhere with a professional teacher.
- Studying repertoire at a Suzuki Book 3-5 level
- Ability to read music fluently
- Able to shift to third and fifth positions
- Ability to use the entire bow and the detache, martele, and legato strokes
- Beginning to use vibrato in pieces
Ages: 10 – 18
Time: 6:15 – 7 pm EST
Dates: Fridays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20, 2020
Tuition: $250 (A $10 late fee will be added after Wednesday, Sept. 30)
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 2, at noon.
- Book: Superstudies for Violin, Volume 2, by Mary Cohen
- A device with a large screen to view class on (it is possible, but not ideal, to use a smartphone).
- Optimizing Zoom for audio
- Ability to print sheet music at home or read PDFs from a tablet at the same time they are participating in class.
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone on a tripod or table with internet access and audio/video capabilities. Please check to be sure your computer or device meets these requirements before registering for this program. All online programs require students to have, at minimum: high-speed internet access, a computer/tablet/smart phone with a built-in camera and microphone capable of running the video conferencing tool Zoom. For best performance, here are our recommended technical requirements:
- Operating Systems
macOS 10.13 or newer
Apple iOS and Android
- Computer Speed and Processor
Use a Mac five years old or newer, or other device three years old or newer, if possible.
4 GB of RAM
2 GHz processor
- Internet Speed
Minimum of 1.5 Mbps download and 800 Kbps upload
- Operating Systems
Recent student successes include a second prize winner in the American Protege Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York, students being placed as co-concertmaster and co-principal second violin of the American Youth Debut Orchestra, being accepted to the American Youth String Ensemble, serving as concertmaster for Ovations Summer Strings Academy, superior ratings at the Solo & Ensemble festival and ASTACAP exams, and multiple performers accepted to the Academy Music Competition.
During her teacher training, Ms. Allen completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she completed the Violin Teacher Retreat training at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig. Most recently, she attended in the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.
Before teaching for Mason Community Arts Academy, Ms. Allen was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department.As a performer, Ms. Allen is a member of the first violin section in the Tysons-McLean Orchestra. She has been a member of many incarnations of the Faculty String Quartet at Mason Community Arts Academy, participating in multiple outreach concerts at schools, community centers, and other local venues. Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include quartet recitals at George Mason University, performances with the Tysons-McLean Orchestra, and a solo performance/pedagogical presentation at the Boulanger Initiative Launch Festival.
Ms. Allen’s teaching style combines elements from the Suzuki and Rolland methods with the traditional study of scales and etudes and is passionate about incorporating the works of female composers into the violin repertoire at every level, from beginners through advanced students. She is always on the lookout for works by new composers to introduce to her students so that recital performances feature a mix of new and standard violin repertoire.
Ms. Allen holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, Lisa Cridge, Gene Pohl, and Estelle Roth. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda and a bow by Richard Grünke.
- Please note that group classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.
- The Academy will not be responsible for students unable to participate due to lack of technology and will be unable to offer any refunds in this event.
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, refunds, and more for fall or spring group classes.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the class starts with all necessary details including class schedule, supply list, web links, etc.
- For additional information, please contact the Academy at email@example.com.
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