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Super Strings!

July 7 — 11, 2014 , M T W Th F, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Kerry Hall Poncho, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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  • Ages
    11 – 14
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available

Course Description
Do you love playing your violin, viola or cello? Been taking private lessons or playing in your school orchestra or other ensemble? Then this is the time to come discover why string players are at their happiest playing chamber music. We’ll explore string quartets, large chamber ensemble (with no conductor!) and put on a workshop performance for family and friends at the end of the week. We’ll even show you the wave of the future for classically trained string players: improvisation! Come get into the swing of the great musical conversation at the heart of string performance.

Who should enroll?
Middle school students, ages 11-14, (rising 6th graders) with basic skills in reading music should enroll.

Daily Schedule
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm with a break for lunch, and a concluding performance scheduled for Saturday in PONCHO Concert Hall on the Cornish campus.

Audition Requirements
Open for enrollment to middle school students, ages 11-14, with basic skills in reading music and developing facility on their chosen string instrument.

Brandon Vance

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Brandon Vance

Brandon is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and the youngest to received the award, at the age of 14. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelors and Masters in Music, and studied under renowned violinist and pedagogue, Mr. Paul Kantor. Brandon has performed with Scottish fiddlers Calum MacKinnon, Alasdair Fraser, Bonnie Rideout, Catriona MacDonald, and Buddy MacMaster. His discography includes "Beyond the Borders" with Mark Minkler and Alchymeia's Debut Album. He received Suzuki Certification through book four from the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies and took a workshop from Mr. John Kendall, the man who first brought the Suzuki Method to America. Brandon has played with four professional orchestras, and is currently a member of Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Symphony. He has collaborated with folk crossover musicians Mark Minkler (Irish flautist/Jazz pianist), Eliot Grasso (Uillean piper/Classical pianist), and Nadia Tarnawsky (Ukrainian folk singer).

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Daniel Butman

Professional composer, violinist, and pianist, Daniel Butman has represented the internationally renowned Peabody Institute of Music on the Kennedy Center stage (Washington, DC) to introducing a self-founded and directed orchestra in Atlanta, GA. (The Perimeter Community Orchestra) Graduating from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with their highest award for the collaborative musician, Daniel blends the worlds of classical and pop for a dynamic and unique skill-set. Daniel's credits range from film, top recording labels, solo improv shows, to being one of the primary pianists at the 5th Avenue theater in Seattle. As a teacher, he is faculty with the Academy of Music Northwest, and guest faculty at Cornish for summer music programs. As a violinist he holds a top-tier endorsement from NS design, and is a member of the legendary Cirque Du Soleil artist databank and the Pacific Northwest Grammy board. Few violinists possess the versatility to read and improvise side by side, making him a rare asset across the coast. In the last 3 months he has performed for sold-out Showbox shows (Sol and friends Nov '13) and the Pacific Northwest Grammy Nomination party. (Dec '13)

Heather Bentley

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Heather Bentley

Violist/violinist Heather Bentley is Principal Viola of the Northwest Sinfonietta. She is also violist with Trio Pardalote: together with violinist Victoria Parker and cellist Rowena Hammill they run a collaborative, roving chamber series called Club Shostakovich. Heather is on the music faculty of Seattleʼs Lakeside School where she teaches a studio of violinists and violists and runs a chamber program. She was Director of the Westside Chamber Program at the Seattle Conservatory of Music from 2001-2009 and was Conductor of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra from 2000-2008.