Testimonials

Clarinet Workshop

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with such a knowledgeable and generous faculty in such an informal setting. I thought that the field trips to instrument collections [Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and a significant private collection] were especially worthwhile.

— Thomas Carroll, young professional clarinetist

“It is really amazing how much we did in one week: a museum, collection, workshop, watched rehearsals, student concert as well as a faculty concert, and of course group and private lessons.”

— Elise Bonhivert, young professional clarinetist.

"The Brandeis campus provided a perfect venue for the workshop. There was ample parking and the music building had excellent practivce and performance facilities. It was also a much appreciated bonus to have lunch provided in the faculty club – this was a great time to meet other students and faculty. All in all it was a great week and I look forward to more in the future.”

— Owen Watkins, professional oboist, clarinetist, and instrument builder.

Bach Unaccompanied Workshop

“Dan Stepner’s Solo Bach workshop at Brandeis University is a wonderful and essential resource for violinists and violists who are studying and performing these cornerstones of our repertoire. Practicing, equipment, history, phrasing and performing are some of the subjects we covered during the daily lessons, master classes and lunches together. Dan is a superb violinist and teacher, and a week spent working with him on Bach is an opportunity not to be missed."

— Danielle Maddon, Concertmaster, New England Philharmonic

“It was a very special treat to have intense one-on-one lessons with Prof. Stepner… I studied everything from the dynamics of voicing, the drama of harmonic phrasing, and chromatic fingerings especially helpful in solo Bach – to bowings and small technical points that can make a performance stylistically convincing. I highly recommend this course to anyone whishing to improve his/her understanding and performance of Bach’s solo music.”

— Lisa Park, professional violinist

“The intimate setting and personal interactions with Mr. Stepner and the other violinists fostered trust and openness to explore ideas and thoughts on Bach’s compositions. Not only is Mr. Stepner an insightful artist and expert in Bach, but also a teacher that brings out the best in every player.”

— Susan Kim, professional violinist and teacher

“It was a great learning experience. Mr. Stepner is a gifted and inspiring teacher and Brandeis has excellent facilities for music making.” 

— Kurt Mundstedt, young professional violinist

“... it was wonderful to devote a whole week to such amazing repertoire.”

— Rachael Schlosberg, DMA candidate

“The intensity of a coaching session every day and the follow-through/consistency that this allowed was a very special opportunity. Discussions over lunch, ranging from Russian literature, politics, music, stories of concerts near and far – these all completed the experience. Thank you for a terrific week!”

— Georgia Luikens,Violinist and musicologist.