A new chapter!

for both of us. Bruce and I will join the faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston beginning September 2018. Bruce will be coaching chamber music and teaching a course on the Beethoven string quartets, and I will be teaching a pedagogy lab. We are both very excited!

While you’re here, check out the new page, my Partial Music Library, which I’ve just begun digitizing, and which isn’t yet sorted.  Only violin parts are included, with my preferred fingerings and bowings. No more excuses that the dog ate your music!

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Quartet Lab 2018

For the second year Bruce and I hosted a week long residency at our house for a wonderful  young string quartet that Bruce has been coaching weekly for the past two semesters. This culminated in the program attached, and will be repeated in part tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 7, for Ben Zander’s master class at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square/Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St., 02116 Read more about Quartet Lab 2018 it at the end of the program below.

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Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University String Academy 2017

Hey, guys, this is a full circle moment. Guess who my practice helper is this summer at the Jacobs School String Academy at Indiana U? It’s Gaia Ramsdell who became my student in St. Paul at the age of nine. She has finished her undergraduate work here with Jorja Fleezanis and a performance diploma. She’ll be moving to Oberlin to study in the fall. What a kick. She’ll be using her old marked-up Carl Flesch Scale System from which I taught her all those years ago.

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Quartet Lab 2017 house concert

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Yesterday three students and Bruce gave a house concert culminating a week-long intensive study of the Brahms a minor quartet. Here are a few photos from the week. The project was a success by any standard, filled with joy, hard work and a performance that moved us to our cores. And at the days’ ends, great food, Monopoly, and Fictionary.

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Quartet Lab 2017: Intensive Study on Warwick Neck

Our spring break project is Quartet Lab: Intensive Study on Warwick Neck where we are housing three serious students for one week to learn the Brahms a minor Quartet. We’ll host a house concert next Sunday. Those of you from my Minnesota class remember Meriel Bizri who lives in Providence and studies in Boston. Bruce is the coach and cellist six hours a day, Meriel’s parents are the cooks, and I am the “upper strings fingering doctor.” We’re having a blast.

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Photos from the St. Paul archives

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TED talk on Practicing

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