Bach Unaccompanied Violin Workshop
Aston Magna and Brandeis University are pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Unaccompanied Bach Workshop for violinists with Daniel Stepner, baroque and modern violin. The workshop will be held June 19-24, 2016 at Brandeis University with Aston Magna Concerts.
The workshop is a six-day intensive laboratory for violinists who are students, serious amateurs or professionals. It focuses on the solo violin works of J. S. Bach, but touches on other music and on general performance issues. Activities include private coaching, private practicing, complimentary communal lunches, master classes, lecture demonstrations, a group visit to the Museum of Fine Art’s Musical Instrument Collection, open rehearsals of the Aston Magna professional concerts, and a participants’ concert at week’s end.
The workshop is open to 6-8 players of either modern or period instruments. All workshop activities take place in the air-conditioned Slosberg Music Center; Brandeis University's music building. Some financial aid is available. Registration details below.
"The intensity of a coaching session every day and the follow-through/consistency which this allowed was a very special opportunity. Thank you for a terrific week!"
-- Georgia L., violinist and musicologist
"It was a great learning experience. Mr. Stepner is a gifted and inspiring teacher and Brandeis has excellent facilities for music-making."
-- Kurt M., emerging professional violinist
"A musician’s atmosphere which provides great focus and a common goal among the violinists ... daily advice from a world-class violinist, Professor Stepner, in a variety of contexts and comfortable performance experiences. I would very much like to participate in the program again next year."
-- Kevin P., student violinist
"It was a 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 wishing to improve their understanding and performance of Bach’s solo music."
-- Lisa P., emerging professional violinist
Daniel Stepner is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis University, where he is Professor of the Practice. He is also the Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival, an early music summer concert series centered in the Berkshire Mountains, also performing regularly at Bard College and at Brandeis.
For more than two decades, he was concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and also a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University. He was also a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio, for more than three decades in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts. Mr. Stepner has recorded over 60 commercial recordings as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. They include the complete sonatas of Charles Ives, the Late Beethoven Quartets, and the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, available through Centaur Records (either as a 2-CD album or as individual tracks).
More details on Mr. Stepner can be found online at: danielstepner.com
2016 Tuition and Fees
As part of the application process, students should submit a CD or DVD featuring: 1) a substantial portion of any one movement of Bach (accompanied or unaccompanied), and 2) a short piece or excerpt of a one's choice.
Submit your performance recording to:
Summer School, MS 085
P.O. Box 549110
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Residence halls open for the Bach Violin Workshop noon on Sunday, June 19 and close at 5:00pm on Fri., June 24, 2016.
Summer students who choose to live on campus during the music workshop are typically housed in Ziv Quad in single, air-conditioned rooms. For those new to Brandeis during the summer, Ziv Quad has a suite-style design. Up to six students per suite are housed in individual bedrooms with two shared bathrooms and a large common room. All suites are designated as single gender. Coin operated laundry facilities can be found on the first floor. The building is elevator-equipped.
Student rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, and bureau. Personal essentials like bed linens (twin extra long), blankets, pillows, towels, waste baskets, alarm clocks, desk lamps, etc. are not provided. A shower caddy, shower shoes and bathrobe are also recommended.
Please note that the housing fee is for accommodations only and participants are responsible for their own meals. Campus accommodations do not have kitchen facilities, so please plan accordingly. Also, we are unable to offer accomodations to minors.
Waltham has many fine restaurants that will fit a variety of budgets and tastes. Additionally, all-you-care-to-eat dining is available in the Sherman Dining Hall. Sherman Dining Hall prices are approximately: $8.50 for breakfast, $10.90 for lunch and $14.69 for dinner. Prices subject to change without notice.