|Program Dates: July 23 - July 27, 2017|
This program is intended for:
- High School, Undergraduate, Post-College and Graduate Students
- Continuing Professionals
The Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop in Prague is for Violists is an intensive 5-day course taught by several generations of students of the legendary Karen Tuttle. The program will include lessons, master classes, and performances. The faculty consists of professors Sheila Browne, Susan Dubois, Karen Ritscher and Jennifer Stumm.
Karen Tuttle revolutionized the way that viola was taught in the 20th century. She was on the faculties of the esteemed Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute and has greatly influenced many generations of violists including international soloists Kim Kashkashian and Lawrence Power, as well as many quartet violists, orchestral players and professors. Her approach to teaching emphasized balancing the instrument with a free body stance, producing a resonant and vibrant tone and developing a facile and easy left hand technique.
The faculty is honored to share Karen Tuttle’s method that she referred to as “Coordination”. Coordination addresses the physical comfort of the violist as well as synchronizing the use of bowing and coordinated movement that results in ease of playing, understanding of musical pacing, honest emotional communication and compelling performances. Her ideas have also been known to reduce tension issues, ameliorate or alleviate performance anxiety and contribute to effective preventative care.
This conference, held for the first time outside of the United States, is open to students sixteen years and older, professionals and teachers. The size of the course will be limited so that each participant receives individual attention from each faculty member. No audition recording is required for acceptance.
SAMPLE 2017 SCHEDULE
10 -11 Registration
11-1 Opening introduction
1-3 TOPIC CLASS: set-up/body balance
9-10:30 TOPIC CLASS: Left hand/Vibrato/Finger action/Shifting
9-10:30 TOPIC: Bowarm balance/Bow changes
free afternoon to sight-see
7 FACULTY CONCERT
9-10:30 TOPIC: Coordination, Note distribution, Phrasing
11-2 FACULTY MASTER CLASS
*TOPICS SUBJECT TO CHANGE*
Sheila Browne, an American with Irish citizenship, was recently described by The New York Times as “stylish” for her concerto playing at Carnegie-Stern Hall, and Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet has said that she “is one of America’s finest violists.” She is a member of the dynamic Fire Pink Trio, made up of flute, harp, and viola. The first viola professor ever to teach in Iraqi Kurdistan, she has played all over the world in many of the major concert halls to critical acclaim. An avid solo and chamber musician, she has performed and recorded with Natalie Cole, Audra MacDonald, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Carol Wincenc, and members of the esteemed Brentano, Guarneri, and Vermeer quartets, and was featured in Michael Tilson Thomas’ PBS documentary Beethoven Alive! Sheila can be heard regularly on public radio stations around the country, live and on CD. Her recently released compact disc of flute quintets with Carol Wincenc on the Bridge label was named CD of the month by Minnesota Public Radio. A passionate proponent of new music, she has premiered important new works, and has expanded the viola repertoire by transcribing works herself.
A passionate teacher of viola and chamber music, Sheila was Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant for four years and Naumburg scholarship student at the Juilliard School as an undergraduate, as well as a graduate student of Kim Kashkashian in Germany, after being awarded a German Academic Exchange Grant (DAAD). She was Karen Ritscher's teaching assistant while attending Rice University in Paul Katz's Quartet program, and has been in the Arianna, Gotham and Pellegrini String quartets. She has performed and taught at many festivals including Banff, Donaueschingen, Evian, Great Lakes, California Summer Music, Jeunesses Musicales, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, and the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. She is the artist-professor of viola at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, teaching pre-professional residential high schoolers and undergraduate and graduate students. She teaches in the summer at the Montecito International Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Videos, sound clips and more information can be found atwww.sheilabrowne.net and www.firepinktrio.com, and on YouTube.
Susan Dubois is Professor of Viola at the University of North Texas. She was the only viola winner of the Artists International 23rd Annual Auditions, and she was a prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She was formerly with the Rackham Quartet, and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. During the summers, Dubois is on the faculty of Sound Encounters and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle and Donald McInnes.
Karen Ritscher, praised by The New York Times for her “superior musicianship,” is recognized internationally as a leading pedagogue, soloist and chamber musician. She has also served as principal violist of the Houston Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, American Composers Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has taught at many of the leading conservatories of the United States and her students hold prestigious posts in major orchestras, string quartets, and at universities throughout the world. She is on the viola faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Boston University, and City University of New York. She has judged many international competitions, most recently the Primrose, in June of 2011. As a master class clinician and recitalist, she has appeared throughout the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Spain, Czech Republic, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Her summer residencies have included the Aspen Music Festival, the Heifetz International Institute of Music, Litomisl International Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, and Domaine-Forget in Canada. Since its inception in 2002, she has served on the faculty of the annual Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.
Ritscher performs and records with the Azure Ensemble, a new music chamber group based in New York City. She has been a member of the Aureus Piano Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians, and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has toured and recorded with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Houston Symphony.
As a champion of living composers, Ritscher has commissioned and/or premiered works from many composers including Bruce Adolphe, Alexandra DuBois, Wendy Mae Chambers, Linda Bouchard, Tan Dun, Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, and Alice Shields. She has appeared at seven International Viola Congresses as featured soloist and presenter. She is honored to have been the string consultant for the award-winning book by Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practicing; a Guide to Making Music from the Heart. She is the education editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society and a frequent contributor to string magazines. In the spring of 2011, Ritscher became a certified teacher of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythm™ Movement Practice. She teaches Rhythms™ in Boston and New York, as well as workshops throughout the world. See her website at www.karenritscher.com.
Jennifer Stumm is recognized as one of the world’s dynamic and creative advocates for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music.Hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of her playing, Stumm appears on many of the world’s great stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, Sala São Paulo, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Her solo career was launched after victories in three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize.) This season’s highlights include her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performances with orchestras on four continents, the complete chamber works of Brahms in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam and the second year of her festival and social project in Brazil. An enthusiastic speaker and writer about music, Jennifer Stumm’s TEDx talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, “The Imperfect Instrument,” was named an editor’s pick of all talks on ted.com and she was recently cover artist of Symphony Magazine. She released her second album in 2014, for Orchid Classics, of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and performed the work in her unique staging and characterization almost fifty times. Her debut recording for Naxos’ Laureate Series, of virtuoso works by Italian composer/violist Alessandro Rolla, received high critical praise.A recipient of the prestigious BBC New Generation artist and Borletti Buitoni Awards for her work in chamber music, she appears at major festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Delft and IMS Prussia Cove. Her collaborative partners have included members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri, Vermeer and Alban Berg Quartets and the period ensemble L'Archibudelli.
Since her school days teaching strings in the Atlanta inner city, Jennifer has been devoted to the power of art to inspire social progress in us all, and especially to the idea that anyone who can do should teach. In January 2015 she founded the Ilumina Festival, a chamber music festival and social initiative in the mountains outside São Paulo uniting prominent international soloists with Brazil’s most talented younger musicians. Ilumina provides opportunity and connections to raise the prospects of a worthy generation of young artists, offers busy soloists a fresh and inspiring space to do their best work, and gives the world a dynamic reminder that talent never decides where it is born. In January, 2016 the festival inhabited the famed MASP museum of art in São Paulo for a day of performances and workshops, bringing chamber music and a fresh perspective on collaboration to over 1000 people.
Born in the United States, of Cherokee and German heritage, Jennifer chose the viola in her school orchestra when she was eight because she thought it had the most beautiful sound. She went on to study with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School and also pursued interests in politics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Other important mentors were Nobuko Imai and Steven Isserlis. Jennifer Stumm is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London and gives masterclasses around the world. She performs on a viola by Gasparo da Salò, c 1590, generously on permanent loan from a private collection.
Applying to the non-credit program consists of:
1. Online Application: You must complete our online admissions application at 2017 MPAP Summer Application in order to be considered for Karen Tuttle Prague.
2. The Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop: Prague does not have any audition requirements, more information provided within the application instructions.
*Please note: Applicants to Karen Tuttle Prague do not need to complete the GetAccetpd application portion.
Online application guide:
|Starting an Application||
|Total Housing Cost||
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|Housing(if on-campus)||TBD (6 nights total)||TBD (6 nights total)|
Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).
Enrollment deposit: $150
- Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. (payment instructions provided within the initial acceptance email)
Housing deposit: $500
- If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
- The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
- The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.
Please note: the Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.
Paying the remaining balance:
After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. *While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.
All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Instructions on accessing the eSuites account can be found here.
*Please note: Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.
For information, see the Finances page.
- All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).
- Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.
Scholarships are not offered in conjunction with this program.
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