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An intense three-day workshop taught by several
generations of former Tuttle students for advanced high school and
college students, professionals, and teachers interested in learning
more about Karen Tuttle's (1920-2010) Coordination system.
This healthy approach to playing includes balancing the instrument,
stance, and body awareness, leading to ease and comfort, resulting in a
beautiful, resonant sound, more facile technique, expressive playing,
and reduced stage fright. Left and right hand technique, phrasing,
pacing, character and musical expression, among other things, are also
addressed in coordination.
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These concepts will be introduced to all of the participants, and the
teachers will work with them in small group masterclasses. This is
geared to the viola, but other musicians can benefit from the methods.
Enrollment is limited to 45 Full Participant registrations so that
everyone will be able to play several times in the classes for different
teachers. There is no limit on how many auditors may attend. No
audition material is required. Admission will be on a first come, first
served basis. If you would like to perform in the Sunday morning final
masterclass please contact Sheila Browne, workshop director.
Workshop will take place in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building and the Roselle Center of the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, DE. Check-in information, complete schedule, maps and directions will be sent via email in mid-December.
The UD Community Music School is offering two 90% scholarships to local High School students interested in participating. To apply please send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with Karen Tuttle Scholarship Application in the subject line and include:
Winners will be announced on December 1, 2018.
Chin-Shoulder Diagnostic Sessions with Claire Stefani, Volute Services
In addition to the three-day workshop, all participants are invited to meet with Claire Stefani of Volute Service for a 45-minute chin-shoulder diagnostic session at special workshop price of $80. Sign up in advance by emailing email@example.com and view the informational flyer here.
Our Priority Hotels are the Embassy Suites (654 S College Avenue, Newark) and Homewood Suites (640 S College Avenue, Newark). The workshop rates are $109 and $133 per night respectively and includes a hot breakfast. The special room rate will be available until December 16th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Free parking is available. Transportation Package users will catch our shuttle right in front of hotels. Registration for the transportation package will occur at Friday’s 1:30pm check in.
Local lodging options include:
ASSISTANCE & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Carrie Edinger Special Project Coordinator, Community Music School University of Delaware 209 Amy du Pont Music Building Newark, DE 19716 (302) 831-1548
Sheila Browne, director
Sheila Browne, an American with Irish citizenship, was
recently described by The New York Times as “stylish” for her concerto
playing at Carnegie-Stern Hall, and Robert Mann, founding member of the
Juilliard Quartet, has said that she “is one of America’s finest violists.” Named
the William Primrose Memorial Recitalist of 2016, she is the first viola
professor ever to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan, and has played all over the world
in many of the major concert halls to critical acclaim. An avid solo and
chamber musician, she has performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Audra
MacDonald, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Richard Stolzman, Carol
Wincenc, and members of the esteemed Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Vermeer
quartets, and was featured in Michael Tilson Thomas’ PBS documentary Beethoven
Alive! Sheila can be heard regularly on public radio stations around
the country, live, and on CD. Her recently released CD of flute quintets with
Carol Wincenc on the Bridge label was named CD of the month by Minnesota Public
Radio, and her latest CD, Poetry in Motion, has received favorable reviews with
the Fire Pink Trio. A passionate proponent of new music, she has premiered
important new works, and she has worked with composers such as Krystof Penderecki, Joan Tower, William
Bolcom, Judith Shatin, and Kenneth
Jacobs. Sheila has also expanded the viola repertoire by transcribing works
herself. Sheila Browne will be starting her new appointment as Juilliard faculty violist for the new Tianjin-Juilliard School, slated to open fall of 2019.
A passionate teacher of viola and chamber music, Sheila’s students
continue at major conservatories and are active as performers and
administrators in the music world. Sheila was Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant
for four years and Naumburg scholarship student at the Juilliard School as an
undergraduate, as well as a graduate student of Kim Kashkashian in Germany,
after being awarded a German Academic Exchange Grant (DAAD). She was Karen
Ritscher's teaching assistant while attending Rice University in Paul Katz's
Quartet program, and has been in the Arianna, Gotham and Pellegrini String
quartets. She was Associate Viola Professor at UNC- School of the Arts, and she
has performed/taught at many festivals including Banff, Donaueschingen,
Evian, Great Lakes, California Summer Music, Jeunesses Musicales, Kneisel Hall,
Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, and the National Youth Orchestra of
She is the professor of
viola at University of Delaware, and the violist of the Serafin String Quartet
and Fire Pink Trio, and has directed Karen Tuttle Viola workshops both at UNCSA
and at UD. She teaches in the summer at the NYU Karen Tuttle Workshops in New
York and in Prague, Master Players Concert Festival & School, Techne and
the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Videos, sound clips and more
information can be found at www.violasheilabrowne.com and www.firepinktrio.com, and on YouTube.
Susan Dubois is Professor of Viola at the University of North Texas. She was
the only viola winner of the Artists International 23rd Annual Auditions, and
she was a prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She
was formerly with the Rackham Quartet, and has participated in the Marlboro
Music Festival and the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. During the summers,
Dubois is on the faculty of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Round Top
International Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival. Her teachers have
included Karen Tuttle and Donald McInnes.
Jeffrey Irvine joined the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of
Music as the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola in September of 1999. He was
professor of viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1983 to 1999 and
was also chair of the string division there from 1992 to 1999. His students
have gone on to major orchestral, teaching and chamber music posts across the
country and around the world. His students have often been first prize winners
in major viola competitions, including the Primrose Competition, the ASTA
National Solo Competition, and the Washington International Competition. Irvine
has given master classes at major music schools in the United States and in
1985 gave master classes in Beijing and Shanghai. He will join the faculty of
the Perlman Music Program in the summer of 2012. He was previously on the
faculty of the Heifetz International Music Festival and the Aspen Music
Festival. He was formerly a member of the New World String Quartet. His
teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Martha Katz, William Primrose, and
Karen Tuttle. He is married to violist Lynne Ramsey with whom he has two children,
Hannah and Christopher. He plays a viola by Hiroshi Iizuka, made in 1993.
Michelle LaCourse has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on
four continents, including recent performances in Italy, Spain, Brazil, and
South Korea. She has performed at numerous festivals such as Aspen, Eastern,
Interlochen, Skaneateles, Musicorda, the Heifetz Institute, and the
International Festivals of Campos do Jordão, Brazil, of Positano, Italy, and of
Vianden, Luxembourg. She was violist of the Lehigh Quartet, the Delphic String
Trio and the Aeolian Trio, and was formerly principal violist of the Chamber
Orchestra of Grenoble, France, and of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. An
enthusiastic advocate for new viola repertoire, she has also commissioned and
premiered several new pieces for the instrument. Her recent recording,
“Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano by James Grant” was released by MSR
Classics in spring of 2009 to enthusiastic reviews. She is professor of viola
and chair of the String Department at Boston University’s School of Music, and
was recently awarded BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize, the university’s highest honor
for excellence in teaching. This summer she will teach and perform at BU’s
Tanglewood Institute and at the Duxbury Music Festival. Her teachers have
included Karen Tuttle, Robert Swan, and David Holland.
praised by The New York Times for her “superior musicianship,” is
recognized internationally as a leading pedagogue, soloist and chamber
musician. She has also served as principal violist of the Houston Grand Opera,
the Dallas Opera, American Composers Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
She has taught at many of the leading conservatories of the United States and
her students hold prestigious posts in major orchestras, string quartets, and
at universities throughout the world. She is on the viola faculty at the
Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Boston University, and City
University of New York. She has judged many international competitions, most
recently the Primrose, in June of 2011. As a master class clinician and
recitalist, she has appeared throughout the United States as well as Canada,
Mexico, Spain, Czech Republic, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Her summer residencies
have included the Aspen Music Festival, the Heifetz International Institute of
Music, Litomisl International Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, and
Domaine-Forget in Canada. Since its inception in 2002, she has served on the
faculty of the annual Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.
Ritscher performs and records with the Azure Ensemble, a new music chamber
group based in New York City. She has been a member of the Aureus Piano
Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians, and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has toured
and recorded with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New York
Philharmonic, and the Houston Symphony.
As a champion of living composers, Ritscher has
commissioned and/or premiered works from many composers including Bruce
Adolphe, Alexandra DuBois, Wendy Mae Chambers, Linda Bouchard, Tan Dun, Chen
Yi, Bright Sheng, and Alice Shields. She has appeared at seven International
Viola Congresses as featured soloist and presenter.
She is honored to have been the string
consultant for the award-winning book by Madeline Bruser, The Art of
Practicing; a Guide to Making Music from the Heart. She is the education
editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and a frequent
contributor to string magazines.
In the spring of 2011, Ritscher became a
certified teacher of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythm™ Movement Practice. She
teaches Rhythms™ in Boston and New York, as well as workshops throughout the
world. See her website at www.karenritscher.com.