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Instrumental Major Course Descriptions

Technique Warm-Up

This 30-minute class starts each day and provides the students with a structured way to warm-up through technical exercises like open strings, scales, and arpeggios. Within that framework, students will dive deeper into exploring left-hand and right-hand techniques such as bow divisions, shifting, and tone production.

Orchestra Ensemble

The Orchestra is the nucleus of this programme and will feature music from the Baroque period all the way to the present day. Students will hone their ability to play virtuosically while blending their sound within their section. Knowing when to bring out the important lines and when to support the melody with the rhythmic framework and harmony will be a focus. This ensemble will explore a conductor-less component where the students will lead a piece through the art of communicating by cueing the music together. Playing with proper alignment and dynamic stage presence are an important goal in this ensemble.

Orchestra Sectionals

Violins, violas, cellos, and basses will meet in smaller teams with a coach to build musical and technical cohesion. This class is where the details and building blocks of each orchestral piece is polished through the isolation of passages. Unifying fingerings, bowings, articulations, and tempo are the focus for ultimate orchestral blending.

Chamber Music

Students have an opportunity to explore leadership roles in smaller groups by delving into chamber music repertoire. Students will receive coachings by artist faculty and run rehearsals where they will focus on the art of playing together. Group formations will include duos, trios, and string quartets.

Private Lesson

Over the course of the festival, each student will receive multiple one-on-one sessions with a master teacher that specialises in their specific instrument. These lessons compliment the classes by giving the student an opportunity to hone their musical and technical ideas in solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire.

Mind-Body Movement

Focusing on movement without instruments, this class synergises yoga, meditation, and aligning our bodies from head to toe. Students will learn effective ways to calm the body through breathing exercises and release tension in the areas prone to stress when playing an instrument. Bringing awareness to our bodies helps us play our instruments in a relaxed and efficient way and prevent injuries.

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