UMass Violins

UMass Violins The violin studio at UMass is home to students from all corners of the globe. Its defining purpose is to provide the tools of support that each student needs in order to move from student life to the early stages of his or her career.
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Practice techniques, sources of inspiration, collegial cheerleading/honesty, or just plain company are some of the basic needs the studio fills on a day-to-day basis to the aspiring performer or teacher. The studio computer hosts an extensive archive of the work done in our weekly etude class, and the practice chart on the wall keeps us honest. Initiative is a priceless commodity for the modern musician, and we have had the satisfaction of watching various ideas from genesis to fruition as extracurricular projects such as The Violin Duo Project, Red Oak Strings and the Suzuki Training Workshop that were hatched within the four walls of the violin studio have gone on to mature in the larger world. This website is a window onto our world, uniquely flavored by the diversity of its membership.

Operating as usual

The whole group!
04/18/2017

The whole group!

Pre-rehearsal fun!
04/18/2017

Pre-rehearsal fun!

E Major. Our favorite pic!
04/18/2017

E Major. Our favorite pic!

UMass Violins
04/16/2017

UMass Violins

Timeline Photos
04/16/2017

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
04/16/2017

Timeline Photos

The complete Sonatas and Partitas as performed by the UMass Violin Studio! What a night!
04/16/2017

The complete Sonatas and Partitas as performed by the UMass Violin Studio! What a night!

Felipe Secamilli came back to visit us! He gave us a talk about what he's been up to since graduating. His success, kind...
02/25/2017

Felipe Secamilli came back to visit us! He gave us a talk about what he's been up to since graduating. His success, kind heart, and friendly disposition inspired us all. We hope he travels safely and cannot wait to see him again!

UMass Violins
02/01/2017

UMass Violins

Our previous 2 years as a studio! Will be updating more often!
02/01/2017

Our previous 2 years as a studio! Will be updating more often!

Our previous 2 years as a studio! Will be updating more often!

Is Classical Music Dead?
01/23/2014
Is Classical Music Dead?

Is Classical Music Dead?

When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünnhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton. Classical music has been circling the drain for years, of course. There’s little doubt as to the causes: the fingernail grip of old music in...

In Defense of Violin Music
12/03/2013
In Defense of Violin Music

In Defense of Violin Music

There is a double-standard in the music world when Liszt's E-flat piano concerto is played regularly but Wieniawski's D-minor violin concerto is not; where Bellini and Donizetti are heard year after year at the Metropolitan Opera but Sarasate's Ziguenerweisen is not heard next door at the New York P...

Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons
11/12/2013
Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons

Long-Term Benefits of Music Lessons

A new study reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age can process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not.

Is there a "culturally ingrained disdain" for musicians? - DIY Musician Blog
11/09/2013
Is there a "culturally ingrained disdain" for musicians? - DIY Musician Blog

Is there a "culturally ingrained disdain" for musicians? - DIY Musician Blog

Whitey, the popular electro-rock artist whose music has been featured in Breaking Bad, is now making headlines for his impassioned (read: wicked pissed off!) response to a music licensing request from Betty, a UK-based TV production company responsible for a number of successful “reality” programs.…

Musicians and Singers
09/17/2013
Musicians and Singers

Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

09/06/2013
Make-up Lessons From An Economist's Point of View | Ottawa Suzuki Strings

Make-up Lessons From An Economist's Point of View | Ottawa Suzuki Strings

I'm a parent of children enrolled in Suzuki music lessons. I'd like to explain to other parents why I feel - quite strongly, actually - that it is unreasonable of we parents to expect our teachers to make up lessons we miss, even if I know as well as they do just how expensive lessons are, and, equ...

More Musicians Are Trying Period Instruments
09/04/2013
More Musicians Are Trying Period Instruments

More Musicians Are Trying Period Instruments

A growing number of string players, even though they are not part of the early-music scene, are experimenting with period instruments.

Music performances 'judged by sight'
08/20/2013
Music performances 'judged by sight'

Music performances 'judged by sight'

People can accurately classify classical music competition winners based on silent video performances alone, a study says.

Congress Passes Bill Standardizing Airline Rules for Musical Instrument Storage | News | BMI.com
07/19/2013
Congress Passes Bill Standardizing Airline Rules for Musical Instrument Storage | News | BMI.com

Congress Passes Bill Standardizing Airline Rules for Musical Instrument Storage | News | BMI.com

Traveling musicians got a big boost from Congress last month with the passage of a sweeping Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that includes new universal standards for storing instruments in flight. Pending issuance of final regulations, the amended law will, among other things, a...

Bolshoi violinist dies in pit fall
07/19/2013
Bolshoi violinist dies in pit fall

Bolshoi violinist dies in pit fall

A senior violinist at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre dies after falling into the orchestra pit below the stage.

Just in: Virgin Atlantic bans violins
06/28/2013
Just in: Virgin Atlantic bans violins

Just in: Virgin Atlantic bans violins

We have received this message from a travelling player: Virgin Atlantic Airways has carry-on luggage size restrictions of 9"x14"x 22". An average violin case is 31" in length and exceeds their dime...

Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Performs For President Obama
06/26/2013
Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Performs For President Obama

Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Performs For President Obama

(AllHipHop News) Violinist Miri Ben-Ari made a high-profile appearance with President Barack Obama last night (June 25) in Boston. The Hip-Hop violinist/producer appeared with President Barack, in ...

Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies
04/14/2013
Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies

Conductor Sir Colin Davis dies

British conductor Sir Colin Davis has died at the age of 85, the London Symphony Orchestra announces.

12/30/2012
'Rubbish orchestra' makes music from trash

'Rubbish orchestra' makes music from trash

An orchestra of young musicians from a Paraguayan slum has been touring South America, using instruments constructed entirely from recycled materials.

12/29/2012
Unfriendly skies for many a traveling musician

Unfriendly skies for many a traveling musician

Loud grumbles can be heard by travelers at this busy time of year under normal circumstances, but what is that noise going on with itinerant virtuosos carrying on board million-dollar-plus Strads and Guarneris on their way to concert dates?

11/09/2012
'A Late Quartet' actress gets coached in finer points of playing viola

'A Late Quartet' actress gets coached in finer points of playing viola

Having a Hollywood actor learn Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 for a role is a little like asking a child to master differential equations — it's virtually impossible. But in the case of music, the task can be convincingly faked with the right editing, and more important, with the right musi...

11/01/2012
How Do You Raise a Prodigy?

How Do You Raise a Prodigy?

Despite the past century’s breakthroughs in psychology and neuroscience, genius is as little understood as autism.

10/30/2012
Jascha Heifetz plays Rózsa Violin Concerto, Op. 24 (1/4)

Jascha Heifetz plays Rózsa Violin Concerto, Op. 24 (1/4)

Part I Miklós Rózsa: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 24 I. Allegro non troppo ma passionato Violin: Jascha Heifetz Cond.: Walter Hendl Dallas Symphony...

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