2020 Summer Wrap-Up Report
Final Verdict: Overwhelmingly Successful!
The Online Solo Strings Intensive was, without a doubt, entirely successful. Every student was engaged with the material, felt they grew in their musicianship, and learned from our evening sessions. I received an overwhelmingly positive response through the participant survey I released and although it was the first online festival I have run, it flowed without a hitch.
Each student received 4 private hour-long lessons, a weekly studio class, and 8 seminars chock full of information. The focus of OSSI: replicating a festival experience as much as possible. We accomplished this with daily meals together, fun activities, practice Zooms, and lots of learning.
Students also were able to attend and even play in any number of the 6 masterclasses we presented, with incredible artists Hans Jørgen Jensen, Tessa Lark, Mimi Zweig, Brannon Cho, Zlatomir Fung, and James Dunham.
We had 8 inspiring speakers over the two weeks to help us learn topics outside our instruments.
Our students loved all the talks; I saw them taking notes, rewatching the recorded parts, and paying close attention to everything! Several of them would approach me and mention how much the session impacted them. I heard from Prof. Soovin Kim that a couple of his students said they had heard many of the topics before, but not in the way they were presented by our speakers.
It is great to hear that students were impacted by the evening sessions.
Laura Bossert also offered 15 students the opportunity to work one-on-one with her and fix their resumes and bios, which they were all very appreciative of.
Winning the Mental Game: Taking a Fresh Look at Performance Anxiety with Nicholas Pallesen
What Music School Doesn’t Teach You About Creating a Successful Career
She challenged our own assumptions and helped us push through to a better us as not only musicians, but people.
Take Care of Your Instrument: How to Do Minor Repairs & Keep it in Tip-Top Shape
Warming Up and Preventing Injury with Janice Ying, PT, DPT, OCS
As we started an Intensive program, it was very important that we regain our stamina in a healthy and safe way. Janice Ying, physical therapist of the Colburn School, shared her best warm ups for before we practice and how to prevent injury for a sustainable practicing and performing life.
Paul Kantor, Rice University
Paul Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard studying violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Robert Mann. For thirteen years he served as Chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Yale University. He continues as Artist in Residence at the Glenn Gould School of Music/ Royal Conservatory of Music since his appointment in 2008. Along with his son, violinist Timothy Kantor, he founded and directs the Gabriel Del Orbe Violin Program in the Dominican Republic.
Ani Kavafian, Yale University
Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras in major venues across the country, has premiered and recorded a number of works written for her, and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Kavafian is a member of the Trio da Salo and the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio and tours internationally as an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also appears frequently in performance with her sister, violinist and violist Ida Kavafian.
Soovin Kim, New England Conservatory
Connie Heard, Vanderbilt University
Cornelia Heard currently holds the Valere Blair Potter Chair at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, where she is professor of violin and chair of the string department. She has served on the artist faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2005 and is co-director of the chamber music program. As a member of the Blair String Quartet, she has toured extensively throughout the United States, presented complete Beethoven and Bartok cycles and recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Warner Reprise, New World, Blue Griffin and Pantheon labels. She has recently participated in festivals in Portillo and Santiago, Chile, Guangzhou, China and Loja, Ecuador. Ms. Heard has performed on concert series at the Library of Congress and at New York’s 92nd Street Y, as well as at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. She served on the faculty of the Sewanee Music Festival from 1985 to 1999 and the Killington Festival from 2002-2004. Other summer festival appearances have included Chamber Music Northwest, Colorado, Highlands-Cashiers, Kapalua, Maverick, Music Mountain, Roycroft, Sedona and Skaneateles Festivals, as well as performances in Italy, Ecuador and Iceland.
Annie Fullard, McDuffie Center for Strings
Annie Fullard, violinist, joyfully celebrates more than thirty years as a member of The Cavani String Quartet hailed by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and ele-gant”. Ms. Fullard and her quartet colleagues are recipients of numerous awards including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Cleveland Quartet Competition, Banff, Fischoff, Carmel Competitions, and were twice awarded The Guarneri Quartet Award for Artistic Excellence.
Laura Bossert, Wellesley College
Laura Bossert-King, violinist/violist, a Silver Medalist in the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, has earned recognition for her artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is one of the most respected and sought-after teachers of her generation.
Matthew Lipman, Stonybrook University
Ettore Causa, Yale University
Milan Milisavljevic, Mannes School of Music
Paul Katz, New England Conservatory
Daniel McDonough, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Terry King, Longy School of Music
Jonathan Dormand, Oberlin College
Tessa Lark, Indianapolis Competition Winner
Elizabeth Faidley, Manhattan School of Music
Ani Kavafian, Yale University
Mimi Zweig, Indiana University
James Dunham, Rice University
Hans Jørgen Jensen, Northwestern University
Brannon Cho, Paulo Competition Winner
Zlatomir Fung, Tchaikovsky Competition Winner
seminars & masterclasses
Grant from the
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Donated by individuals
In-kind donations from companies such as MyPianist, Tunable, TomPlay and AirTurn
to deserving students
There were a few moments where I thought this has to be fake because I never thought that I would have lunch with Ani Kavafian, or play trivia with Soovin Kim! Those experiences, however, were just the surface of what OSSI ended up being. From my amazing 4 lessons with Laura Bossert to staying on a zoom call for 3 hours talking with the friends I’ve made, OSSI was like a dream. Two weeks that made my summer feel less monotonous, and two weeks I’ll always carry with me wherever I go.
I had a really wonderful experience and learned a lot! Thank you, amazing Alyssa, for putting this together!
These past two weeks were amazing and truly unforgettable. I loved it all, especially the lectures because I learned a lot and social events because I got to get to know everyone better.
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