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Violin Boot Camp with Brynn Albanese

by Dorée Huneven

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Brynn Albanese was the clinician and performer for the first ASTA-sponsored Violin Boot Camp. It was held in the gracious home of Ronald Mutchnik, which boasted a fine “great room” for the Boot Camp, and later became a 90-seat concert hall.

The event went from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including a hands-on practice technique session with finger pattern warm-ups in all positions, three-octave major and minor scales by ear, “Add-a-Note” (Brynn’s special invention to learn music efficiently and easily), and one-position arpeggios, followed by an hour spent applying those techniques to Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro” and Bach’s A Minor Concerto. The last few minutes were an exciting two part sight reading adventure: two duets by Jeremy Cohen: “Nah Nah for Two,” and “Tango for Eight.”

Attendees were very vocal in praising Brynn’s materials, approach, engagement, pacing, great anecdotes, and fabulous artistic demonstrations on her instrument, as well as her encouraging, fun, and energetic personality.

At 4 p.m., Brynn, accompanied by Peabody Professor Clinton Adams, presented a recital that included many wonderful works from the student repertoire, including Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro”, Bach’s entire A Minor Concerto, the first movement of Mozart’s G Major Violin Concerto No. 3, “Meditation” from Thais, and for encores, two tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

In attendance were 30 people, which included both students and teachers. Many thanks go to David’s Natural Market of Columbia Maryland, a sponsor who provided a lovely lunch and delicious snacks. A hearty thank you goes as well to Gailes’ Violin Shop for their very generous sponsorship.

 

Photos from top to bottom:

 1. View from balcony
     Photo credit: Mike Cahall

 2. View from balcony
     Photo credit: Dorée Huneven

 3. View from balcony
     Photo credit: Dorée Huneven

 4. View from balcony
     Photo credit: Mike Cahall

 5. Brynn leading participants
     Photo credit: Mike Cahall

 6. Brynn explaining
     Photo credit: Mike Cahall

 7. Brynn demonstrating
     Photo credit: Dorée Huneven

 8. Brynn demonstrating
     Photo credit: Dorée Huneven

 9. Brynn and Clinton Adams
     Photo credit: Lorraine Combs

10. Boot Camp participants
      Photo credit: Dorée Huneven

11. Boot Camp participants
      Photo credit: Mike Cahall

 View From Balcony4

View From Balcony3

View From Balcony2

View From Balcony

Brynn Leading Participants

Brynn Explaining

Brynn Demonstrates2

Brynn Demonstrates

Brynn and Clinton Adams

 Boot Camp Participants2

Boot Camp Participants

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