Jacob Strasberg's recording of his own solo viola composition Aulder was awarded first place in fourth grade music composition in the Reflections Art Contest at Vanderlyn Elementary School. His recording now moves on to compete at the DeKalb County level.
The Atlanta Suzuki Institute has posted information for this summer's program. The institute draws many of the best Suzuki teachers in the country, including my own teacher trainer from Cleveland, Kimberly Meier-Sims. If you are a Suzuki student in the Atlanta area, you cannot afford to miss this institute. The ASI runs June 22-28 at Roswell Presbyterian Church.
Allyson Fleck and Cathy Lynn of Kennesaw State University School of Music are holding their annual Viola Day on February 16. The event includes performances by KSU faculty and participants, and classes in technique, eurhythmics, and fiddling.
Visit the website for complete information and registration.
September is looking like a great month for violists around the South. On September 21, Lauren Burns at Valdosta State University is hosting Viola Day, which includes a masterclasses, a viola choir reading, and a recital by Daniel Sweaney of the University of Alabama. The entire day is free, and this brochure has all the details.
The following weekend, September 29-30, the UT Viola Celebration is taking place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Hillary Herndon hosts this event featuring a guest faculty lineup of George Taylor, Christine Rutledge, Rudolf Hakan, Melinda Daetsch and Dominic DeStefano. The Viola Celebration is also free, and complete information, including registration, is available at the website.