Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday is another exciting day of String Project!  The Menuhin International Violin Competition will be taking place at the BSoM this weekend so needless to say, the building will be very busy.  We have cleared our scheduled rooms with the BSoM scheduling office for this weekend, however, make sure to check the posted schedules on Saturday for last minute changes. 
Other notes include: 
  1. Lecture with Dr. Laurie Scott—Parenting the Developing Musician @ 10am
  2. Lemony Snicket Family Concert tickets available at the main table 
  3. Practice Masterclasses resume NEXT Saturday, March 1
  4. Concerto Festival audition recordings deadline this Saturday, February 22 
1. PARENTING THE DEVELOPING MUSICIAN – PANEL DISCUSSION – Saturday 22 February 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Butler School of Music, Bates Recital Hall.  Laurie Scott, Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the University of Texas String Project, sits down with former Menuhin Competition Junior First-Prize winner Kevin Zhu and his father, Daniel, for a discussion about parenting a young musician.  This hour-long forum is free and open to all who want to learn and share experiences. Discussion topics include creating a supportive learning environment, balancing social, academic, and musical development, the value of excellent instruction, and the benefits of a musical peer group. This event occurs concurrently with the first day of the free Senior Rounds, a great opportunity for parents and students to witness amazing developing musicians in action.
2. Lemony Snicket Family Concert 
We have been given the opportunity to offer 100 families 3 tickets each to attend the Family Concert at the Long Center on Saturday March 1, 2014.  The tickets will be distributed on a first come first served basis starting at 8:30 on Saturday Morning February 22 at the main string project table.
We ask that families who receive tickets commit to attending this event. Please check your calendars to be sure you are able to attend before taking the tickets.  We do not want to have any of the complimentary string project seats left open. DO NOT PLAN ON SECURING TICKETS UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU CAN
3. Practice masterclasses will NOT meet this Saturday, but will resume next Saturday, March 1.  We have now filled every weekend between now and May and will not be taking any more requests.  Those who emailed me first have priority and will be sent a schedule for the remainder of the semester.  
4. The deadline for this recording is this Saturday!  Students performing advanced literature are invited to submit a video recording of their performance for consideration for the concert.  Selected students will perform their concerto accompanied by the String Project. This audition is limited to students in Advanced Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra.  To enter, please submit a DVD or computerized video of the student performing the selected repertoire memorized with piano accompaniment.  Video auditions tapes are due by noon on Saturday, February 22nd.  The concerto festival will be Saturday, March 29th.  
That is all for now. See you Saturday!