Summer Music Workshops

Historical Clarinet Workshop
June 18-23, 2017

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Bach Unaccompanied Workshop
June 25-30, 2017

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Aston Magna Concerts at Brandeis

Thursdays at 7 p.m.

June 15: Music for Forbidden Dances

June 22: Late, Great Mozart

June 29: Biblical arias and sinfonias

July 6: Paganini’s 24 Caprices

July 13: The Kreutzer Sonata and its Mozartean models

July 20: Voices and Viols: Renaissancemusic from the court of Isabelle d’Este

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Summer Music Workshops 2017

Photo of Dan Stepner with a violin workshop students

The Aston Magna at Brandeis University Summer Music Workshops are six-day intensive laboratories — one for violinists, one for clarinetists — for students, serious amateurs, or professionals. Activities include private coaching, private practicing, museum visits, complimentary communal lunches, informal performance in master classes, lecture demonstrations, open rehearsals of the instructors' concerts, and participants' concerts at each week's ends.

Workshops are open to both modern and period instrument players. All workshop activities take place in the Slosberg Music Center (Brandeis' air-conditioned music building).

The workshops are presented by Aston Magna and Brandeis University.

The Bach Unaccompanied Workshop

The instructor is Brandeis Professor Daniel Stepner. This week-long course offers an intensive engagement with Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas for Solo Violin. It is open to both modern and baroque players of intermediate through advanced levels, each player preparing at least two movements during the week. Private coaching and master classes culminate in an informal concert by participants at week’s end. Class limit: 6.

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High Speed Diatonoic Scale Fingerings Video

Daniel Stepner playing the violin

Produced with a Teaching Innovations Grant from Brandeis University, this instructional video by Daniel Stepner offers new ideas about scale fingerings for violinists and violists, especially intended for high-speed passages.