Karen Tuttle Coordination Conference: Prague

Summer Programs

Karen Tuttle Coordination Conference: Prague

A workshop style conference for teachers, professionals, and advanced students to explore Karen Tuttle's (1920-2010) teaching principles, namely her physical and emotional approach to the instrument: coordination.

Coordination is the word that Tuttle used to refer to her approach to the instrument. There are many aspects to this, including stance, balancing the instrument, physical releases, musical impulses, and emotional responses to the music. These concepts will be introduced to all of the participants, and all of the teachers will work with the participants to help them learn this approach.

Enrollment is limited to 48 participants so that everyone will be able to play several times in the classes. We will not ask for audition tapes, but suggest that this is not a workshop for beginning or intermediate players. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

10 -11 Registration
11-1 Opening introduction
1-3 Topic Class: set-up/body balance
3:30-5:30 Lessons
5:30-7 5Rhythms

9-10:30 Topic Class: Left hand/Vibrato/Finger action/Shifting
11-1 Lessons
2:30-4:30 Lessons
5-7 Lessons

9-10:30 Topic: Bowarm balance/Bow changes
11-1 Lessons
free afternoon to sight-see
7 Faculty Concert

9-10:30 Topic: Coordination, Note distribution, Phrasing
11-1 Lessons
2:30-4:30 Lessons
4:30-6 5R
Group Dinner

9-10:30 Lessons
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.

Cost TBD
  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
  • Move In Date: July 23, 2017
    Move Out Date: July 29, 2017
  • Room Type: Student Double
  • NYU Prague Housing Website

Costs and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Regular Registration $500 $500
Auditor Registration $300 $300
Housing (Optional) TBA TBA

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As such, International students must complete the 2-step 2018 MPAP Summer Programs Application in full by the Priority Application Deadline that correlates with your program of interest or by the Final Application Deadline if your program does not require a Priority Application Deadline.

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Proof of English Proficiency (Required to Complete Application Step-1)

International students must provide English language proficiency. 

English Language Testing Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
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Exemption will be given in the following circumstances:

  • If your native language is English;
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