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Storm Advisory for Sunday, Jan. 20

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Hartford County until 7 p.m. today. Residential students are asked to postpone their return to campus to Monday afternoon or, for those whose class schedules allow, Tuesday. Students, please do not travel to and arrive on campus today.

Hartt Community Division activities today and this evening are canceled.

HCD Closed 1.20.19

Today is Sunday, January 20. Due to inclement weather, all Hartt Community Division activities and performances have been canceled.

String Suzuki Workshop

Friday - Sunday, March 15 - 17, 2019

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Join us for a weekend of intensive instruction, motivation, and fun with some of the most creative clinicians in North America! Events vary by day, and include diverse offerings for each instrument. A detailed schedule is listed below including personalized master classes, repertoire classes, technique classes, ensembles, enrichment classes, cello play-in, 30th anniversary guest artist recital featuring Brian Lewis, and a special teacher development session with Alice Joy Lewis.

Registration now open!

Workshop Schedule

Violin, Viola, and Guitar Intermediate and Advanced Master Classes – Friday, March 15 (by invitation only)

Friday afternoon/evening is dedicated to master classes with our innovative guest clinicians. Master classes give students the unique opportunity to not only be coached by our distinguished guest clinicians, but also to be inspired by their peers.

All master classes are one-hour in duration. Intermediate master classes will have 3 students per hour, and advanced master classes will have 2 students per hour. Students can expect to receive one-on-one coaching with a guest clinician as well as the opportunity to observe the clinician work with other students during this hour. Families will be notified in advance regarding their assigned time.

Location: Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, Conn.

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Book 6 or above to register for Advanced Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Books 2-5 to register for Intermediate Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Cello Advanced Master Classes and Cello Ensemble – Friday, March 15 (by invitation only)

Join guest clinician Mary Walters for an hour-long master class, followed by cello ensemble on Friday late afternoon/evening. The evening includes a potluck/social gathering.

Location: The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

Friday’s cello master classes are open to advanced HCD private lesson Suzuki students at the recommendation of a HCD faculty member.

Violin and Viola Workshop – Saturday, March 16

Saturday format consists of repertoire, technique, and enrichment classes of varying sizes and levels. Students are scheduled for three to four hours of classes (depending upon level/instrument), held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a break for lunch*. The workshop culminates with a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. by clinician Brian Lewis as part of the 30th anniversary of the Hartt Suzuki Program. Join us in Lincoln Theater for this special celebration concert!

Schedules will not be available before the workshop. Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in non-desiganted spot in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

Saturday Violin-Viola Times

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 9:00 a.m.: Students Book 2 and above
  • 10:00 a.m.: Students Book 1

Note: All classes finish at 2:20, followed by a guest recital by clinician Brian Lewis at 2:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. This special event is part of the yearlong 30th anniversary celebration of the Hartt Suzuki Program. Free and open to the public!

FREE TIME

Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

*Lunch: There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop date. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

Saturday violin/viola schedule is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 to participate in the weekend violin-viola workshop.

Cello Workshop – Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

During the course of the cello weekend, each student receives one master class, a technique/repertoire class each day, and play-in on Sunday. Students in Book 5 and above will have a cello ensemble class. Note: see description of cello activities for Friday, March 15, above.

Please fill out your online registration carefully with complete information. Confirmation of receipt of registration will be sent by email.

Check-in and classes will take place at The Hartt School in the Fuller Music Center on the University of Hartford campus. Upon entering the Bloomfield Avenue campus of the University, continue until you reach Parking Lot D. Park in a non-designated spot in Lot D and enter The Hartt School, which is directly across the street. Signs will be posted to help you find the registration station.

Saturday Cello Times

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. depending on level

Sunday Cello Times

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class.

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. depending on level
  • 1:30 p.m. Cello Play-in in Lincoln Theater for all levels
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. depending on level

FREE TIME

Students may not be scheduled every hour. It is suggested that during the child’s free time observation of more advanced students occur. Feel free to observe any class as room allows. There are also plenty of practice rooms available on the lower level of The Hartt School (Fuller Music Center).

*Lunch: There are no lunch facilities available on the University campus on the workshop weekend. Please bring a bag lunch and visit with friends. A space will be provided where lunch can be eaten.

The Cello Workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play Twinkle to participate in the weekend workshop.

Teacher Workshop – Sunday, March 17

The Sunday Teacher Workshop will feature a four-hour teacher development session with renowned violin pedagogue and SAA Teacher Trainer Alice Joy Lewis. Special topic of the afternoon will be teaching bowing techniques through the Suzuki violin repertoire, and how to cultivate such skills in our student’s playing from Twinkle through the concerto level.

Teacher session: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: The University of Hartford's The Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Conn.

2019 Guest Clinicians

  • Seth Himmelhoch, guitar: Teaneck, NJ
  • Sanchie Bobrow, violin; Staten Island, NY
  • Alice Joy Lewis, violin; Ottawa, KS
  • Brian Lewis, violin; Austin, TX
  • Susan Reed, violin and enrichment; Dover, MA
  • Joanna Binford, viola and violin; Virginia Beach, VA
  • Sally Gross, cello; Aurora, IL
  • Mary Walters, cello; Seattle, WA

Read more about our guest clinicians below.

SETH HIMMELHOCH, GUITAR

Seth-Himmelhoch.jpgSeth Himmelhoch is a classical guitarist and teacher based in Teaneck, NJ. Mr. Himmelhoch is the founder and director of the Suzuki guitar program at the JCC/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. He is director of Classical Guitar Studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Mr. Himmelhoch is a Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Guitar School and he also serves as Chair of the Guitar Development Committee of the SAA. He is a frequent clinician at institutes and workshops, including the Hartt Suzuki Institute.

SANCHIE BOBROW, VIOLIN

Sanchie-Bobrow.jpgSanchie Bobrow received her Suzuki teacher training from Louise Behrend and has been a member of the violin faculty of the School for Strings in New York City since 1988. She is the director of the Mighty String Demons, an ensemble of young violinists, who perform at schools, senior homes, hospitals, museums, and charity events in their Staten Island community. She is the Suzuki Strings Coordinator at The Academy of the Arts at Wagner College. Ms. Bobrow has written several articles on violin pedagogy for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal as well as the School for Strings newsletter, The Tuning Fork. A composer as well as a violin instructor, Ms. Bobrow holds a Masters Degree in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City. Her post-graduate violin studies with British violinist and pedagogue, Ruth Waterman have been enormously influential in her own teaching career and performance practice.

ALICE JOY LEWIS, VIOLIN

Violinist Alice Joy Lewis is the recipient of the 2007 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator. She founded the Ottawa Suzuki Strings in 1966 and is also the founder and director of the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest and the SOUND ENCOUNTERS programs. Mrs. Lewis has dedicated her life to teaching and is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In North America, her teaching activities have taken her to several locations in Canada and across the U.S. from Alaska to Hawaii and coast to coast. She has taught at the Suzuki Method World Conventions in Dublin, Ireland, and Matsumoto, Japan, as well as at the Pan Pacific Conference in Adelaide, Australia. Mrs. Lewis holds both music education and violin performance degrees from the University of Kansas where she studied with Raymond Cerf. She also studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.

BRIAN LEWIS, VIOLIN

Brian-Lewis.jpgOne of the most versatile and charismatic violinists today, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world. "There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Hartford, Syracuse, Odense (Denmark), Lima (Peru), Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), and American Symphony orchestras, among many others. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil. As a dynamic and engaging teacher, Mr. Lewis is committed to growing the legacies of the great pedagogues Dorothy DeLay and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for future generations. Mr. Lewis currently holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin, serves as Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, and is Artistic Director and faculty member of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS. Recognized for his vast outreach success including working with and performing for more than 165,000 children in the Houston area, Mr. Lewis taught community engagement courses at the Yale University School of Music during 2010-12 as the Class of '57 Visiting Professor of Music.

Mr. Lewis has recorded numerous CDs, including the world premiere recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of a commissioned work, Elements, by American composer Michael Thomas McLean. Mr. Lewis has served as a distinguished juror for many competitions, most recently for the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition. Awards for his musical contributions include the Instrumentalist Award by the 2014 Austin Critics’ Table, two Teaching Excellence Awards at the University of Texas, ING Professor of Excellence Award, Medal of St. Barthélemy, Texas Exes Teaching Award, Fredell Lack Award, 1998 Young Audiences Artist of the Year, Peter Mennin Prize,William Schuman Prize, SONY ES Fellows Award, Audio Magazine Award, Waldo Mayo Talent Award, and two Elizabeth B. Koch Fellowships. More information about Mr. Lewis can be found at www.brianlewisviolin.com.

SUSAN REED, VIOLIN AND ENRICHMENT

Susan-Reed.jpgSusan Reed is a classical violinist and award winning folk musician, storyteller, author, and recording artist from the Boston area. Susan is a multi-instrumentalist who uses original songs and stories to work magic with families, on local and national stages. Her aim is to inspire a life-long love of music. Common to all of her performances is a trademark sense of humor and optimism, and her conviction that music has the power to broaden people’s understanding of the world around them. Susan states, “Music and storytelling, it is my favorite way to encourage people to think about the world around them or the person sitting right next to them. That’s what I like to do.” Susan performs her songs and stories with orchestras, drawing audiences into the rich world of classical music, connecting audience to ensemble, and strengthening musical communities. She presents family music at its best, inspiring a new generation of classical music and musicians. Susan also performs with her daughters in Tatu Mianzi, a fresh twist on the classical string trio. She is dedicated to education in the arts on every level. In addition to being an active Suzuki teacher she also presents workshops on alternative playing styles and Teach Smart, a teaching workshop for performers. Susan is presently serving as Chair of the Board of Overseers at New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, MA and she is a member of TED. Susan has recorded many award winning CD’s and books. She has been recognized and honored by Parents’ Choice, Mom’s Choice, Creative Child Magazine, Tillywig, and NAPPA. All of Susan’s recordings and books are available on her website www.susanreed.com.

JOANNA BINFORD, VIOLIN AND VIOLA

Joanna-Binford.jpgViolist Joanna Binford is currently the Coordinator of the Suzuki Program at the Academy of Music, based in Norfolk VA. She free-lances in the Hampton Roads area and performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony. Awarded the Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association 2013 “Outstanding Service” award and District 7 KMEA “Outstanding College/University Music Teacher of the Year”, she is a sought after Suzuki institute and workshop clinician around the country. Ms. Binford is a member of the Suzuki Teachers Association of Hampton Roads. She prepared viola students to perform on the STAHR tour of Peru (June 2014). In addition to her Suzuki classes, Ms. Binford also teaches a Fiddling in D class, coaches chamber music and offers an Improvisation Techniques Workshop, upon request. She is featured on several recordings, including the 2016 release of “Almost Home” by the Endless Road Strings, an ensemble specializing in alternative styles. In addition, Ms. Binford has served as a back-up musician for celebrities such as Arlo Guthrie, Mark O’Connor, Dave Brubeck, Anne Murray, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ray Price, David Gates, Dinah Shore, Ann Hampton Callaway, Natalie Cole, Stewart Copeland, and the Moody Blues. As a member of the Lastinger Ensemble, she appeared in the movie Simpatico, which starred Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone.

SALLY GROSS, CELLO

Sally-Gross.jpg A native of the Chicago area, Sally Gross is currently Cello Director at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Marc Johnson, and a Masters of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College where she worked with Carey Beth Hockett and Sandy and Joan Reuning. Before returning to the Chicago area in 2004, Sally taught at the Suzuki String School of Guelph in Ontario where she was also Artistic Coordinator. She has been a SAA teacher trainer since 1990. As a dual citizen of the US and Canada, Sally has a keen interest in expanding Dr. Suzuki’s vision in both countries through her leadership, teacher training, and guest clinician appearances.

MARY WALTERS, CELLO

Mary Walters.jpgCellist Mary Walters maintains a thriving studio with students of all ages and levels in Seattle, and directs the Alaska Cello Intensive cello choir in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mary previously taught on the cello faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, and has also been an instructor at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Fairbanks Suzuki Institute, Hawaii Suzuki Workshop, Alaska Cello Intensive, Intermountain Suzuki Institute, Vivace Chamber Players, as a teaching assistant at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and more. Mary earned her master’s degree in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon Honors College. She has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Mary has also performed frequently with the Seattle Symphony, and as a recording studio musician has played on dozens on Hollywood film, television, commercial, and video game soundtracks.

2019 Repertoire Lists

Violin, viola, and guitar students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their instrument to participate in the weekend workshop.

Violin

Book 1: ALL

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus, Hunters’ Chorus, Witches' Dance, Lully Gavotte, Minuet in G

Book 3: Martini Gavotte, Gavotte in G minor, Humoresque, Bourree

Book 4: Seitz No. 5-1st mvt, Vivaldi A minor-1st mvt, Bach Double

Book 5: Unaccompanied Bach Gavotte, Vivaldi Concerto in G minor-2nd mvt, Bach Double

Book 6: La Folia, Fiocco, Handel Sonata in D Major-2nd mvt 

Book 7: Mozart Minuet, Bach Concerto in A minor-1st mvt

Book 8: Wieniawski Romance, The Blue Danube (Yuko Achison), Telemann Concerto in F Major for Three Violins

Viola

Book 1: ALL

Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeaus, Musette, Hunters’ Chorus, Long Long Ago, Waltz, Bourree, Two Grenadiers, Lully Gavotte 

Book 3: Martini Gavotte, Bach Minuet (3), Mozart Minuet in D 

Book 4: Seitz Concerto #5-1st mvt, Telemann “Single” Concerto-1st and 2nd mvts, Telemann “Double” Concerto-3rd and 4th mvts

Book 5: Marcello Sonata-1st and 2nd mvts, Spinning Wheel, Marais French Dances, Seitz Concerto in C minor

Book 6: Marais La Folia, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5, J.C. Bach/Casadesus Concerto-1st and 2nd mvts 

Book 7: Corelli Allegro, Kreisler Andantino in the style of Martini, Faure Apres un Reve, J.C. Bach/Casadesus Concerto-3rd mvt

Book 8: Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op. 109, Bruch Romanze Op. 85

Book 9: Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

Tuition and Registration

Register Here!

Early-bird Registration deadline: Register by January 31, 2019 and SAVE!

Final Registration deadline: March 1, 2019.

The early-bird discount and the HCD private lesson discount ($15) apply automatically on the checkout screen. You do not need a coupon or discount code.

Violin, Viola, and Guitar Master Classes - Friday Afternoon/Evening

  • Intermediate Master Class Tuition: $60 Early-bird; $80 Final
  • Advanced Master Class Tuition: $75 Early-bird; $95 Final

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 31, 2019 and SAVE $20!

Final Registration deadline: March 1, 2019

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Book 6 or above to register for Advanced Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Violin, Viola, and Guitar students should be in Books 2-5 to register for Intermediate Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

*Participation in Violin, Viola, and Guitar master classes are by HCD teacher invitation only.

Violin and Viola Workshop – Saturday only

  • Tuition: $100 Early-Bird; $120 Final

  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD Private Lesson Students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 31, 2019, and SAVE $20!
Registration deadline: March 1, 2019.

Register Here!

Bundle: Friday Master Class + Saturday Workshop (violin, viola)

Register for the Master Class and Workshop together to save more!

  • Intermediate Bundle Tuition: $140 Early-bird; $160 Final
  • Advanced Bundle Tuition: $155 Early-bird; $175 Final
  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD private lesson students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 31, 2019, and SAVE! 

Final Registration deadline: March 1, 2019

Register Here!

Violin and Viola students should be in Book 6 or above to register for Advanced Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Violin and Viola students should be in Books 2-5 to register for Intermediate Friday master classes and be recommended by their HCD Suzuki teacher.

Cello Workshop – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cello Workshop – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Tuition: $125 Early-bird; $145 Final
  • Registration Fee: $15, waived for HCD Private Lesson Students

Early-bird Registration: Register by January 31, 2019, and SAVE $20! 

Final Registration deadline: March 1, 2019

Register Here!

Teacher Workshop - Sunday

Tuition for teachers: $65 (No registration fee.)

Register Here!

Suzuki Workshop FAQ

Who is the workshop for?

The Violin and Viola workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play the fourth piece in Book 1 on their violin or viola to participate in the Saturday workshop.

The Cello Workshop is open to all students currently studying with a Suzuki teacher. Students should be at least 4 years of age and able to play "Twinkle" to participate in the weekend workshop.

What are the benefits of studying with a different teacher for one day?

Every teacher has a different perspective, different training, and different experiences that influence their teaching. While it is important to have one primary teacher to guide your child, a lot can be learned from working with a different teacher occasionally, either at a workshop or at a summer institute.

To what extent should my student master the pieces on the repertoire list?

Review is an important pillar of the Suzuki method. The repertoire list is a guideline of what pieces may be worked on in the repertoire classes in the workshop. Please prepare all of the pieces your child has learned to the best of your ability. If a piece is played that your child is not comfortable playing, they will learn by listening to the piece being played.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu