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National Orchestra Festival Winner Announced

The National Orchestra Festival (NOF) winner was announced on March 21 at the 2015 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conference in Salt Lake City. The winning orchestra, hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, was Clark High School led by conductor Chuck Cushinery.



Added by Stephanie Powell on March 23, 2015 at 12:13pm — No Comments

World Premiere of James Newton Howard's New Violin Concerto

Dateline: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, Saturday, March 14, 8 p.m., 2015

Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony celebrated their 25 years together as Music Director and Orchestra with a concert rooted in proud, deep emotions and sad memories; it was celebrated also by the…


Added by Laurence Vittes on March 17, 2015 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Last Sheet-Music Store in New York Closes

Strings associate editor Stephanie Powell reports:


“What’s on your mind? ” asks Heidi Rogers, owner of Frank Music Company, “What do you want to ask me?”

It’s been a long week. March 6 marked the last day Rogers…


Added by Stephanie Powell on March 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

NEA Arts Looks at Relationship Between Art and Failure

The National Endowment for the Arts’ latest quarterly magazine, NEA Arts, features a series of Q&As with musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and critics discussing their relationship with failure and the arts.


Geoff Nuttall, first violin and…


Added by Stephanie Powell on March 10, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

How To Be A Good Violin Student

Come to your lessons prepared. Practice daily, including what your teacher asked for. Also, use your imagination and practice something your teacher didn’t teach. Be curious. Try things out, and arrive with questions. Assess your weakest skills, and spend extra time on them.


Pay attention. Record lessons and take notes from them. Experiment with bio-mechanics and evaluate the results. Play with expressive dynamics and allow the violin to become your…


Added by Kate Fiddle on March 7, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Glenn Dicterow Teams Up with NCCO

Strings associate editor Stephanie Powell reports:

“Quiet,” says cellist Michelle Djokic of the New Century Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) to her gregarious and chatty cohorts. “The boss has something to say!”

“Which boss?” quips Glenn Dicterow, the New York Philharmonic’s former longtime concertmaster.

It's the March 4 rehearsal at the Kanbar Performing Arts…


Added by Greg Cahill on March 7, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Xian Zhang Celebrates Chinese New Year With Los Angeles Philharmonic and Tan Dun's New Triple Concerto

Dateline: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Saturday evening, February 21, 2015

To celebrate the arrival of the Chinese year of the sheep and goat, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Xian Zhang presented its first performances of two Chinese milestones composed…


Added by Laurence Vittes on February 24, 2015 at 11:52am — No Comments

Auryn Quartet Continues its Neverending Story in Los Angeles

Dateline: Doheny Mansion, Los Angeles, Friday, February 20, 8 p.m., 2015

In the midst of a grueling, month-long US tour, the Auryn Quartet made their third appearance on DaCamera Society's Chamber Music In Historic SItes series with Mozart K.458 "The Hunt," Beethoven Op. 18 No.…


Added by Laurence Vittes on February 21, 2015 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Calidore Quartet Launches New CD at Colburn School

Dateline: Thayer Hall, Colburn School, Los Angeles, Saturday evening, January 17, 2015

To celebrate the launch of their first CD, the Calidore Quartet (violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, cellist Estelle Choi) returned to the Colburn School in Los Angeles where it all started in 2010.  Named after the state in which they were  formed and its shining…


Added by Laurence Vittes on January 19, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Frederick The Great Takes Center Stage at the Great Montréal Bach Festival 2014

Dateline: Bourgie Hall, Montréal, Thursday night, November 27, 2014

In 1747 Frederick the Great, the greatest ruler of his age, sent Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest composer of his age, a dour, nine-bar theme of his own devising to improvise…


Added by Laurence Vittes on January 1, 2015 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Daybreak CD


New CD Daybreak Available Now at:

Original Instrumental Compositions: Symphonic/Orchestral Movie Soundtrack Style of Music.

The ideology behind this album was to create a feel, mood, and ambiance if you will connecting human…


Added by Anthony R. Coyne on January 1, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Andrew Wan Plays and Records Saint-Saëns's Three Violin Concertos With the OSM in Montréal

Dateline: Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Wednesday night and Thursday morning, November 26 and 27, 2014

Over the course of four live concerts at the end of November, in the shining new Maison Symphonique at the Place des Arts, Andrew Wan, the Orchestre Symphonie de Montréal (OSM) of which he is…


Added by Laurence Vittes on December 29, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Download This Jazzy Holiday Version of 'Greensleeves'

“Greensleeves” is a traditional English song, its lyrics giving voice to a disappointed lover. Rumor has pinned its composition to a lovelorn Henry VIII, discouraged by his initial rejection by Anne Boleyn, but “Greensleeves” is more likely an Elizabethan tune. It is believed to have been first published in 1580 under the title “A New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves,” and is referenced in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, first published around 1602, but probably…


Added by Greg Cahill on December 19, 2014 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Lara St. John's Letter from Turin—the Odd One Out

From our friend the violinist Lara St. John:

A few days before appearing with the Rai Orchestra, with Steven Mercurio conducting John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto, I started to realize I was in one of those puzzles where One of These Things Does Not Fit. It was the first homecoming of my 1779 Guadagnini in over 150 years, playing a concerto by an Italian-American dedicated to his Calabrese father on that father’s bow, with an Italian-American conductor doing an…


Added by Greg Cahill on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Montréal Bach Festival 2014: Champagne, Mozart, Brahms and Bach

Datelines: Montréal, various sites and venues, Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25, 2014

The eighth installment of the Montréal Bach Festival continued on Monday November 24 at noon. The place was the Goethe Institute around the corner from Symphony Hall. The atmosphere in the small, tightly-packed room was tense; a local reporter had written that in Bach's day violins didn't use vibrato. Two members of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, which had swept the Festival off…


Added by Laurence Vittes on December 1, 2014 at 4:03am — No Comments

Never play Music in any violin Family instrument without scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands .


   My hundreds of years in Violin making I am strict in the making of Violin. Neber play any violin family innstrument without the scroll. The Scroll signifies good human hands. That will protect and preserve good hands and good mind set of good Musician playing any Violin family Musical instrument - Antonio Stradivari in Jesuschrist in Cruzgomezhowellreynaldodela 

Added by owellchelsea on November 28, 2014 at 2:56am — No Comments

Revolutionary Acoustic violin - The Ultra-Light!

I am thankful this Thanksgiving for being able to try out one of Joseph Curtin's amazing "Ultra-Light" violins. The sound is truly unique! It has a HUGE sound, though it is outrageously heavy on the treble end, all the sound spectra are boosted, and the instantaneous response is amazing!

When playing totally solo I was afraid the treble is a bit overwhelming, but playing with a jazz band - fully amplified I can play totally acoustically and still stand up to drums bass, electric…


Added by J Kit Eakle on November 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra Launches Montréal Bach Festival 2014 With Style and Class

Dateline: Maison symphonique de Montréal, 3 p.m. Montréal, Sunday, November 23, 2014

A week after the eighth edition of the Montréal Bach Festival kicked off with a concert by Montreal’s leading amateur choirs,professionals in the form of the original-instrument Freiburger Barockorchester–strings only this visit–took the Montréal Symphony Hall stage for an invigorating program of Bach and Vivaldi that set the stage for more than 20 concerts through December 7 by a provocative…


Added by Laurence Vittes on November 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Great Apps for Musicians

Thanks to the advancements of technology, musicians can now produce and record their own music easily. Although apps can never be compared to real sound equipment, these programs help musicians get access to instruments that aren’t readily available to anyone. For those who can only record using some programs on a mobile device, the key is finding an app that will streamline the process without lowering the quality of music.…


Added by Sookie Lioncourt on November 21, 2014 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Orchestral Sound and Authentic Style Key to New Czech Philharmonic Recording of Dvorak's Nine Symphonies–conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek

It has been our aspiration to keep Bohemian musicianship and the spirit of our national instrumental schools alive–Jiří Bĕlohlávek

Now that Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra…


Added by Laurence Vittes on November 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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