VIOLIN SUMMER BOOTCAMP
Jumpstart your fall school year with Violin Bootcamp – whether you want to improve your technique and/or improve orchestra audition skills, this is the place for you! This week-long program for intermediate/advanced violinists will help students improve their technical skills in a rigorous but supportive atmosphere. This program will be the best fit for students age 8 or older who have played for a minimum of 2 years, are at a Suzuki Book 2 (or equivalent) or higher playing level, and are capable of independent practice. The schedule includes 4 private lessons, daily supervised practice, group classes on different topics (including fundamentals, scales, shifting, vibrato, and music theory), rehearsal with a professional collaborative pianist, masterclasses with Potomac Arts Academy Violin Teaching Artists and guest teachers from music colleges, and a final performance. Sign up for one or both weeks!
During Week 1, Cora Cooper from Kansas State University will be visiting to work with our advanced students in technique classes and to teach a guest masterclass. Other guest teachers from universities will be announced soon!
IMPORTANT: A short audition video submission is required for this program. Please submit an UNLISTED YouTube video link of you performing one scale of your choice and one minute of a solo piece which reflects your highest level of ability. After registering for the program, please email video URL link to Claire Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org . (If the faculty does not feel Bootcamp would be a successful environment for you, we will issue a full refund.)
Ages: 8 – 18 years
Dates: August 14 – 18 | August 21 – 25, 2017
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
Tuition: $600 + $10 music fee per week. Students are welcome to register for one or both weeks.
Location: Mason Potomac Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
*To register for both weeks on the same receipt, be sure to select each program before final checkout.
Instructor: Claire Allen
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Before teaching for Potomac Arts Academy, Claire was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. During her teacher training, Claire completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.
As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She also performs with the Faculty String Quartet at Potomac Arts Academy and founded the Argonath Duo with pianist Wade Meyers. Highlights from the 2014-2015 season include a series of recitals with violist Lillian Green at Monteverde Academy Music Conservatory in Florida, a music ministry recital at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and chamber music performances as part of Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival. She was a member of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra. At Baldwin-Wallace College, she was the co-concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the opera orchestra.
As a soloist, Claire most recently gave a recital at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, performing Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Mozart Sonata in e minor, and Beethoven Sonata No. 8. She gave a solo recital at the Peabody Institute in December 2012. She was a two-time finalist in the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Concerto Competition. Past solo performances include informal recitals for Capital Caring in the 2011 holiday season, concerts with Classical Revolution DC, a sonata performance at Summermusic 2010 in Gilbertsville, NY, and a benefit recital for the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2010.
Claire holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.
Instructor: Matt Richardson
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Additionally, Matthew has been an active violin teacher in the Northern Virginia area since 2007. His students have gone to rank highly in all levels of the American Youth Philharmonic orchestras, as well as leading sections in the Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra, and the Virginia All-State Orchestra. He has also served on the faculty of the GMU Ovations Summer Strings Academy since 2009, and the Summer Piano and Chamber Music Institute at George Washington University since 2014. During his time at GMU, he served as concertmaster of both the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, and he made numerous appearances as a soloist with both groups. Some highlights of his solo performances included performing as a winner of the 2006 Student Concerto Competition, twice as a soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium stage, and performing the “Theme from Schindler’s List” with the GMU Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2006. While earning his MM, he held teaching assistanships to Peter Haase for his private studio, to Dr. Anna Balakerskaia for her accompanying class, and to Dr. Laura Kobayashi as a chamber ensembles coach, in addition to his work leading sectionals for the Symphony Orchestra.
In the summer of 2011, Matthew was invited to participate in the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno/Sterzing, Italy, where he was Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra, played in masterclasses for James Stern, Sarah Crocker, Alvaro Gomez and Routa Kromovitch, and was a Finalist in the 2011 Orfeo International Music Competition. Matthew’s primary teachers include Peter Haase, Zino Bogachek, Karen Johnson, Weigang Li, and Joseph Wargo.
Instructor: Rachel McAleer
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Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where her primary instructors were Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, Rachel studied the methodology of pedagogues, Paul Rolland and Shinichi Suzuki. These influential violin teachers greatly enhance Rachel’s teaching style. While studying at IU, Rachel was a lead teacher for the Fairview Elementary Violin Project, a music program for underserved children in Bloomington, IN. She also taught supplemental lessons at the IU String Academy, encouraging and instilling positive practice habits. In 2011-2012, Rachel began coursework for a Master in Music in violin performance at Indiana University. After two semesters of graduate work, Rachel accepted a teaching position in Washington, DC. In 2012-2013, Rachel taught elementary general music, elementary violin class, and middle school string orchestra at KIPP DC public charter school.
Rachel is committed to developing professionally as a teacher and performer. She is an active member of the American String Teachers Association. She is on the board of the Virginia chapter of American String Teachers Association. One of her duties as a VASTA board member is to produce and publish quarterly ‘Fingerboard’ e-newsletters for the string teaching community of Virginia. In 2015, 2014 and 2012, Rachel attended the national conferences for the American String Teachers Association. In 2013, Rachel received a scholarship to attend the ArCoNet Summer Strings Boot Camp and Dali Chamber Music Festival in Lansdale, PA. With a string quartet, she performed Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 ‘Death and the Maiden.’ From 2008-2012, she was a member of the IU symphony orchestras, performing in a vast array of orchestral, operatic, and ballet performances. In 2010, Rachel performed a solo recital at Ford Theater at Indiana University. The repertoire included: Mozart Violin Sonata No. 18 in G Major, Schumann Violin Sonata No. 1 in a minor, and the Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major. In 2009, Rachel performed Bartok’s Roumanian Folk Dances in a benefit recital for the Shropshire Music Foundation in Hollidaysburg, PA. In 2004-2009, Rachel was a member of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, in her hometown of Altoona, PA.
Currently, Rachel is pursuing a Master in Music in violin performance at George Mason University. She is concertmaster of the GMU Symphony Orchestra. Rachel hopes to finish the MM program by May 2016.
Instructor: Erynn Spencer
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Erynn also performs as a soloist and collaborative musician. Recently, she appeared as a soloist in a recital given at the Peabody Conservatory’s Griswold Hall. She has performed in quartets in and around Baltimore, and has received instruction from Michael Kannen, Alison Wells, as well as coachings from the Kuss Quartet, the Skampa Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, and the Ying Quartet. Her orchestral experience includes performing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute Festival Orchestra, the Utah Philharmonia, and the National Symphony Orchestra Festival Orchestra. From Washington’s Kennedy Center to the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, from Baltimore’s venerable Friedberg Hall to the Church of St. Mary the Great in Cambridge, England, Erynn’s violin has resonated in some of the world’s greatest concert halls. Erynn earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Utah, where she studied with Leonard Braus. In May 2014, she completed her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory where she is a protégé of the distinguished faculty artist Violaine Melançon.
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