2013 Workshop

2013 Workshop Report

The LVMTA Student Workshop held at Moravian College on March 2, 2013 received congratulatory reviews from clinicians, teachers, parents and students. We registered 133 students representing 23 teachers, 11 from our chapter (10 piano and one violin) and 12 string teachers from the surrounding communities. The string students and teachers were drawn to the workshop for the chamber music, which was a big hit with everyone.

Every student was treated to 5 classes during the day, lasting 50 minutes each. They shuttled back and forth between the Brethren House, Clewell Dining Hall, Peter, Hearst and Foy Halls where they enjoyed Chamber Music, Conducting, Eurhythmics, Triolets, Harpsichord, Composition and Singing and the newer Hill building across the green, which housed the Hand Chime, Jazz Improvisation and Orff/Drumming classes, all led by our 13 talented and resourceful clinicians.

We want to thank our own Martha Schrempel and Michael Toth for coaching Chamber Music, Keren Ligowski for her Conducting Classes and Jack Stevenson for his Eurhythmics. We also enjoyed Chamber Music and Triolets with Linda and Domenick Fiore and their son, Christopher, Orff/Drumming with Julie Swanson, Hand Chimes with Kathleen Ebling Shaw, Jazz Improvisation with Sean Gough, Harpisichord with Willard Martin, Composition with Larry Lipkis and the Natural Voice with Jennifer Laubach.

Photos from the workshop. (Click to enlarge.)

Moravian College

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LVMTA has not had an event like this since 1997, so this is a very special day. Tell your students about it now, so they keep it open in their busy schedules. We are planning on five classes for students during the day starting at 9 am with an hour lunch and ending at 3 pm.

October 11, 2012 Information Update

I know it seems very early to ask your students to commit for the chamber groups for the March 2, 2013 Workshop, but I was hoping to get an idea of how many teachers are interested in asking their students to participate. I don't need a definite commitment yet, just an indication of interest. The music list below is pretty set, and I can send out sample pages if you request them. I still plan to have everything in place by Thanksgiving so the students have plenty of time to practice without stress.  That is about 6 weeks away. Students can join after that if there are still spaces available. 

The Triolets are easier, and students may sign up for those later as long as there is room.

Remember, all classes will be filled on a first come first served basis. We will provide an early registration form  for the chamber groups with a $10 deposit (applied later to the full registration fee). It will be attached to the flyer that will come out at the end of October and will hold a space for the student.

If the spaces are not filled by students of LVMTA members, we will open up enrollment to non-member students. We already have several who have inquired about attending.

The way I am planning the groups, there will be two advanced groups (piano, violin and cello) in each of 5 classes for a total of 10 groups. Each class will have two groups playing the same piece so anyone can fill in for the other group if that should prove necessary due to a last minute illness or emergency. In the intermediate groups, we will have two to three groups, depending on enrollment, all with the same piece in each class and a total of 5 classes.

In the Triolet classes, we can fit 3 to 4 groups in a class, again depending on enrollment. There will be 5 separate classes for these as well. The Triolets are original piano pieces with accompanying violin and cello parts.

On another note, I would like to have more feedback from you before I plan the duet classes. Duets are being planned for all levels, including beginners as long as they are ready to play in a group.  I will have a list of music in a couple of weeks, but please let me know if you have students who would like to do duet ensembles.  We may also include quartets or music written for keyboard ensembles. The keyboard lab at Moravian will be used for composition classes, so we need another whole set of digital pianos for the duet ensembles. Jacobs Music has agreed to bring in 10 digital pianos for us.  I still have to find someone to conduct the classes.

If any of you have questions about the workshop, please contact me, and please email me about the duets and chamber music. I am excited to be directing this event again after so many years.

Gloriana Sewell 215-536-8142 gloriana.s@comcast.net

Repertoire List

All the music below is for piano, violin and cello.

Triolets: Book One by Joseph McSpadden:  EARLY to MID INTERMEDIATE

Ecossaise by Hummel
Minuet in G by Bach (DDDBABG)
Melody by Schumann
Polonaise in g minor by Bach
March in D by Bach
Soldier's March by Schumann
The Wild Horseman by Schumann
Short Story by Lichner
Arietta by Mozart
Sonatina in G:  Moderato and Romance by Beethoven

Triolets:  Book Two by Joseph McSpadden:  EARLY TO MID INTERMEDIATE

Minuet in F by Mozart
Rustic Dance by Haydn
Allegro in F by Haydn
Ecossaise by Beethoven
Bagatelle by Diabelli
The Happy Farmer by Schumann
Sicilienne by Schumann
Arabesque by Burgmuller
Ballade by Burgmuller
Sonatina in F: Allegro assai and Rondo by Beethoven

Chamber Music Sampler for Piano, Violin and Cello Book One and Two by Joanne Haroutounian:  LATE INTERMEDIATE (late sonatina or early sonata level)

Allegro from Kindertrio in G by Klengel
Finale from Kindertrio in F by Klengel
Allegretto from Piano Trio in D by Clementi
Rondo from Piano Trio in G by Clementi
Allegro from Piano Trio in G by Clementi

Chamber Music Sampler  for Piano, Violin and Cello Book Two and Three by Joanne Haroutounian:  MID ADVANCED ( mid to late- mid sonata level)

Finale from Piano Trio in Eb by Haydn
Rondo all' Ongarese from Trio in G by Haydn
Allegro Assai from Piano Trio VI by Mozart
Scherzo from Piano Trio in Eb by Schubert
Trio VIII Piano Trio in one movement by Beethoven

So far we have lined up:

Julie Swanson, Orff specialist:

Orff and hand drums for the young students and Orff and African drumming for the older ones. Jack Stevenson, Eurhythmics specialist: Dalcroze for all ages. Willard Martin, world famous harpsichord maker: classes for students of all ages with harpsichord and monochord.
Kathleen Ebling Shaw, handbell specialist: choir chimes for all ages. Larry Lipkis, composition specialist: improvising and composing in the keyboard lab for all ages. Chamber Music for intermediate and advanced students: piano, violin and cello.

Triolets, which are piano, violin and cello arranged for some of the more familiar piano pieces such as the early Bach minuets, Burgmuller Op. 100 and Album for the Young. Possibly duets for all levels if you are interested: Let me know now if you are!

String workshop class:

Other game-like classes for young students as needed.

We are planning on piano trios with piano, violin and cello at mid- intermediate to advanced levels. Deborah Davis has offered to register cello students, and Linda Fiore, violin students. We did collaborative playing with these same teachers about 12 years ago, so it should be fun. We would like our LVMTA string teachers to send their students and will offer the spots to them first. All teachers, please let me know now if you have students either piano, violin or cello who would like to do these ensembles. They will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so if I do not hear from you, I will assume you are not interested.

The music selections for piano trios are being chosen now, and I will send out a sample page or two from each piece to interested teachers. For the early intermediate students we can use the Triolet books and for the later intermediate and advanced students, most of the music will be chosen from the Chamber Music Sampler Books One, Two and Three by Joanne Haroutounian to keep the costs down. Each book gets progressively more difficult, and includes original piano trios by major composers such as Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. She wrote these books in 1992, and I have used them before with success. My recommendation would be to start practicing the music before Thanksgiving so the students have plenty of time to prepare them in a relaxed environment. The students chosen for these have to be reliable, able to learn the trio in addition to their regular repertoire, and willing to set aside March 2nd as a first priority; and the teacher has to monitor their progress at lessons to be sure they are prepared. We will put at least two in the same class with the same repertoire so someone can fill in should there be a last minute illness or emergency.   No pre-workshop rehearsals will be necessary. Students will have a first time experience of putting the ensembles together right at the workshop.

I will pursue the concept of getting additional keyboards set up if there is interest in duets in kind of a Monster Concert format. This would be for the students who are not doing the chamber music, all ages and levels, and would be set up as one of the classes they are participating in for the day.

We are keeping the cost $65-$70 per student for the day which is comparable to fees being charged for similar workshops.