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Fredonia Summer Music Festival

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Join us this summer for a series of free, online workshops and master classes for middle school and high school students and teachers. CTLE credit available.

Fredonia music faculty have put together a fantastic line-up of sessions. Pre-registration required.

Questions?
Contact: Dr. Tiffany Nicely
Director, Fredonia Summer Music Festival
 

Session 1 (June 29 & 30):

Student Registration (CLOSED)
Teacher Registration (CLOSED)

 

Session 2 (Monday, July 26):

Student Registration
Teacher Registration

Start Time Class Fredonia Faculty Description
9:30am Flute FUNdamentals for Middle School Barry Crawford Putting the FUN Back in fundamentals via exercises and repertoire
  Clarinet for High School Andrew Seigel  
11:00am Flute FUNdamentals for High School Barry Crawford Putting the FUN Back in fundamentals via exercises and repertoire
  Clarinet for Middle School Andrew Seigel  
1:00pm Mastering the Oboe Part 1: Embouchure and Reeds Sarah Hamilton This masterclass will focus on both building a strong, flexible embouchure and how to choose a reed that doesn't get in your way. Bring your instrument to play along with the class! Performing a solo is also possible: please email Dr. Hamilton with your repertoire at hamilton@fredonia.edu by Monday, June 21st if you would like to play a solo for the class.
  Practice Strategies for Middle School Bassoonists Laura Koepke This class will focus on practice techniques to solve challenges specific to the bassoon. Students are invited to play repertoire in progress and ask questions.
2:30pm Practice Strategies for High School Bassoonists Laura Koepke This class will focus on practice techniques to solve challenges specific to the bassoon. Students are invited to play repertoire in progress and ask questions.
4:00pm Stage Fright and College Auditions Barry Kilpatrick During this seminar, we will cover what makes us nervous, both for online and in-person auditions. We will talk about strategies for managing nerves and how to best prepare for these important hurdles. Topics to be covered will be how to practice both with and without the instrument, what to expect on the day of the audition, how to present yourself, and how to plan for the next four years.
5:30pm

FOR TEACHERS ONLY:

What You Say Is What You Get:  Verbal Rehearsal Techniques Derived from the Score

Paula Holcomb

One quick, effective comment can save an hour of rehearsal time!   Using specific score excerpts of all levels, this session links score conceptualization with efficient verbal rehearsal techniques to unlock the magic of the score. 
Start Time Class Fredonia Faculty Description
9:30am Horn Clinic for Middle School Marc Guy  
  Percussion for High School: What the Mirror Tells Me Kay Stonefelt Normally our teachers, parents, or friends tell us what and how we are doing things. In drumming, this applies to the way we hold the sticks or mallets, and everything that we do with them. This session will offer some suggestions for grip and stick positions and how to get the best feedback from your mirror or your cell phone video. The most important and effective feedback will be your own personal feedback.
11:00am Horn Clinic for High School Marc Guy  
  Percussion for Middle School: Effective Practice Techniques Kay Stonefelt What should I do when I say "I am going to practice now." Practicing can mean many things to many people. We will try some different ways to practice and to think about the valuable time we spend "practicing." Be prepared to share your ideas with all of us that are on the session.
1:00pm Guitar for Middle School: Really ... the guitar can do that?! James Piorkowski Join Professor Piorkowski's demonstration session to explore the possibilities of making music on the guitar.
  Piano Master Class: High School Fr. Sean Duggan This class will focus on practice techniques to solve challenges specific to the piano. High school students are invited to play repertoire in progress and ask questions.
2:30pm Piano Master Class: Middle School Fr. Sean Duggan This class will focus on practice techniques to solve challenges specific to the piano. MIddle school students are invited to play repertoire in progress and ask questions.
  Guitar for High School: Really ... the guitar can do that?!   Join Professor Piorkowski's demonstration session to explore the possibilities of making music on the guitar.
4:00pm Vocal Audition Preparation  Joe Dan Harper  
9:30am

FOR TEACHERS ONLY:

Conducting for Middle School Orchestra Directors

Rick Webb  
  High School Cello: Stage Fright and Auditions: How to Manage and Excel Natasha Farny Whether one is practicing for college auditions, orchestral seating auditions, or an upcoming concert, we all experience nervousness. We may even find speaking in class (whether on Zoom or in the actual setting) to be terrifying. We will discuss why this is true and strategies to present your best outcome.
11:00am

FOR TEACHERS ONLY:

Conducting for High School Orchestra Directors

Rick Webb  
  Music By Women for Middle School Cello Natasha Farny Curious to learn great music by a woman? Look no further! I'll share with you some incredible hidden gems for cello from the Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern periods.
1:00pm

The Outer Game of Viola

(for all string players)

David Rose

Playing the viola (or any string instrument) is very easy. There are about 10 physical things to remember, and repeat endlessly throughout our lives. This session focuses on those magical 10 things - most of them well known but not always pursued (to our great misery!). This session is open to string players of any age or level.
  High School Double Bass Kieran Hanlon  
2:30pm

The Inner Game of Viola

(for all string players)

David Rose

If you have grit, and can commit to the pursuit of physical mastery of a string instrument, you will run up against the Inner Game - which is much more difficult to overcome. It's very easy to play a few notes out of tune, and from there believe that our intonation is lousy, and beyond that we're terrible players....and maybe in the end have no business in music - and quite possibly even a bad person. And that can happen in less than 5 minutes!...all because of a few out-of-tune notes. 

This session focuses on the Inner Game - what goes on inside of us as we do and think about music. We'll learn to see things as they are, and not as we fear them to be. This session is open to string players of all ages and levels - and is inspired by the greatest performance book ever written - The Inner Game of Tennis.

  Middle School Bass Kieran Hanlon  
4:00pm The Practice of Practicing: Training the Mind, Body and Ear Jessica Tong While we often ascribe musical mishaps to “a lack of practicing," we rarely take a step back to evaluate the way in which we approach the act itself. Join Fredonia violin professor, Jessica Tong, in an exploration of how we can re-train ourselves to develop more efficient and effective practicing habits on our instruments.

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