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2012 ASTA National Conference, March 21-24

Atlanta, GA
Exhibits * National Orchestra Festival * National High School Honors Orchestra * Eclectic Strings Festival


International Viola Congress 2012 (5/31/12)

We are very pleased to announce that we will sponsor Cynthia Phelps' performance at IVC2012!  She will perform as soloist, along with her New York Philharmonic colleague, Rebecca Young, in Sofia Gubaidulina's "Two Paths," with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday evening, May 31, 2012, in Kodak Hall.


2013 ASTA National Conference

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

February 27-March 2, 2013
Providence, RI
Exhibits * National Orchestra Festival * National Solo Competition * Eclectic Strings Festival


"MYO Rocks" Concert

McLean Youth OrchestraThis year, for the first time, the McLean Orchestra and the McLean Youth Orchestra have organized “MYO Rocks,” a concert that fuses classical music with orchestrated rock music.

We are very pleased to be one of the sponsors of this event.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 3:00pm, at the Oakcrest School in McLean, VA.

For driving directions, click here.

To visit the MYO website, click here.


Rita's Place

Here is a wonderful picture from Rita's Place. We were pleased to donate some violins recently and are very happy to see that they are providing playing opportunities for some young artists.


Landon Music in China 2012Landon Music in China 2012

Landon School is establishing a festival ensemble from independent and public schools in the Greater Washington area. Many schools have been encouraged to send representative students for this ensemble. Landon School is the host for the group, which will experience an unmatched opportunity for musical and cultural exchange, culminating with a series of concerts on the mainland of China. The ensemble will include both Band and Orchestral instruments.

The dates for the trip are July 2-21, 2012. The group will be visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Suzhou-Zhouzhuang and Shanghai. The trip will begin with a performance for the US Embassy in Beijing and end with a performance at the Beijing International Band Festival, as the closing ensemble, in conjunction with the Beijing Wind Orchestra.


Explore UMD’s Viola Program!

Professors Katherine Murdock and Daniel Foster invite violists and music lovers from the region to the beautiful Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a day of listening and learning, music-making and discussion.

Registration deadline: March 8, 2012: Online registration form

Mail your checks separately to:
UMD School of Music
Attn: Jenny Lang
2110 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20740

$30: Participants and Auditors
$35: Walk-in Registration (day of event)
Free: Parents and Teachers

For parking and directions, click here.

Click here to view/download the program flyer.

For more information, click here.


Musicians of Mercy

Musicians of Mercy (MOM) is a collective of over seventy independent musicians and artists based in the Metropolitan D.C. area. 

Founded and directed by violist Robin Fay Massie, the group was formed in January 2010 following Haiti's devastating earthquake. 

Through the production of themed benefit concerts, MOM raises funds for victims of natural disasters and other tragedies.

What makes MOM unique? 

All performers volunteer their time and talents in concerts that are free or open to the public with a nominal admission fee. MOM believes that great music should be accessible to the entire community.  They showcase all musical genres from rock to jazz to classical and feature gifted solo performing artists, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, dancers, poets, and a full orchestra.

Please visit the MOM website for more information.


An Evening of Chamber Music: January 15, 2012

We are very pleased to be sponsoring an evening of chamber music featuring our own Jim Kelly. The event will take place on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 5:00pm, at the Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816.

Featured Artists: Jim Kelly, Viola; Sonya Hayes, Violin; Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Piano

Special Guest Artists: Barbara Brown, Cello; David Basch, Viola; Fatma Daglar, Oboe; George Ohlson, Viola; Tsuna Sakamoto, Viola

With works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Loeffler, Glazunov, and Britten

Suggested Donation at the Door $12

Proceeds benefit Food & Friends, Delivering Hope, One Meal at a Time

The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community of caring men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.


Blue Mountain Festival: A Residential Chamber Music Camp

Dates: July 22-August 4, 2012
Location: Franklin and Marshall College
Violin/Viola Faculty: Sherri Anderson, Olivia Hajioff, Susan Kim, Marc Ramirez and Amy Wulfman
Cello Faculty: Regina Mushabac
Piano Faculty: Michael Sheadel and Luba Sindler
Voice Faculty: Susan Gaylord
Tuition: $1,000 R&B: $850
Tuition Includes:

  • 2 Private Lessons
  • 3-5 hours daily of coaching with a faculty member
  • Daily written and aural theory
  • Multiple performance opportunities

For more information and a short video about the program please visit our website.


Prodigy Coda Bow Drawing Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Coda bow drawing is Mr. Jean-Louis Guill of Herndon, VA! Congratulations, Mr. Guill!


Paolo Pandolfo Master ClassPaolo Pandolfo Master Class

Paolo Pandolfo will be teaching a master class at the Library of Congress on Friday, January 27th: Auditors Welcome!

Three young performers will be playing the viola da gamba for Mr. Pandolfo: Amy Dominguez and Niccolo Seligmann, both Peabody Conservatory students of John Moran, and Lucine Musaelian, a 14-year-old from New Jersey.

Music by Marin Marais, Antoine Forqueray and selections from the viola bastarda literature will be presented. Auditors are invited to the free, hour-long event at 3 PM on Friday, January 27 at the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress. Visit the Library of Congress' web page for more information.

Mr. Pandolfo will also be performing at the Library of Congress on Saturday, January 28th at 2 PM, at the French Embassy on Thursday, January 26th, and at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Sunday, February 5th.


An Evening of Chamber Music benefiting Food & Friends

Update: The evening was a tremendous success, raising $1,200 for Food & Friends. Many thanks to the performers and to all who made the event possible.

We are very pleased to be sponsoring an evening of chamber music featuring our own Jim Kelly, on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 5:00pm, at the Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816.

Featured Artists: Jim Kelly, Viola; Sonya Hayes, Violin; Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, Piano

Special Guest Artists: Barbara Brown, Cello; David Basch, Viola; Fatma Daglar, Oboe; George Ohlson, Viola; Tsuna Sakamoto, Viola

With works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Loeffler, Glazunov, and Britten

Suggested Donation at the Door $12

Proceeds benefit Food & Friends, Delivering Hope, One Meal at a Time

The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community of caring men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.


Blue Mountain Festival: A Residential Chamber Music Camp

Dates: July 22-August 4, 2012
Location: Franklin and Marshall College
Violin/Viola Faculty: Sherri Anderson, Olivia Hajioff, Susan Kim, Marc Ramirez and Amy Wulfman
Cello Faculty: Regina Mushabac
Piano Faculty: Michael Sheadel and Luba Sindler
Voice Faculty: Susan Gaylord
Tuition: $1,000 R&B: $850
Tuition Includes:

  • 2 Private Lessons
  • 3-5 hours daily of coaching with a faculty member
  • Daily written and aural theory
  • Multiple performance opportunities

For more information and a short video about the program please visit our website.


TPVC Sponsors ASO Turtle Island Quartet Master Class

As proud sponsors of the ASO's Turtle Island Quartet Master Class, we invite you to see pictures of the event at http://on.fb.me/rbB351 and the thank-you note we received from Wakefield High's Orchestra below.

ASO Turtle Island Master Class


TPVC String Competition (in memory of Gretchen Hood)

Date: December 17, 2011
Time: This is an all-day event. Participants will be notified of their assigned times after the November 23, 2011 deadline.
Location: Catholic University, Wash., DC
Application Fee: Junior High $22 per student; Senior High $27 per student
Postmark Deadline: November 23, 2011
Awards: Junior High: 1st Prize $150; 2nd Prize $75. Senior High: 1st Prize $300; 2nd Prize $150

This competition is also open to non-WMTA Members. Non-member fees are: Junior High $44; Senior High $54

ALL WMTA RULES APPLY. This compeition will be held in audition format.

Eligibility:
Junior High: Grades 7-9
Senior High: Grades 10-12
Previous 1st-Place winners are ineligible to participate.

Repertoire Requirements:
Junior High: Two pieces of contrasting styles and periods; Maximum 10 minutes playing time; One of the pieces should be memorized.
Senior High: Three pieces of constrasting styles and periods; Maximum 15 min. playing time; Two or the pieces should be memorized.

Special Rules:
Pieces with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist.
All contestants are to provide their own accompanist, who may be anyone other than their teacher.
Music may be used for accompanied sonata movements.
Students must provide judges with scores of the pieces.
Scores of accompanied pieces must include the piano part or piano reduction.
All participants are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright law.
Please refer to the WMTA General Rules for details
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Participants who fail to comply with any of the rules or with the WMTA General Rules may not compete for prizes, but will be allowed to play for comments only.

Chair: Eleanor Woods (202)244-8658 E-mail eleanorviolinist@gmail.com
Chair: Emil Chudnovsky (410)746-5995 E-mail SqWoland@aol.com


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Watch Dalton explain "The Physics of the Violin" on YouTube.

Watch our bow repair expert, Jerry Skiscim, talk about Potter's.

Here is a link to a wonderful blog posting by the sister of a budding violinist.


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