2017 BSO Academy Clinics

The BSO Academy Programs offer opportunities for community musicians to learn from the musicians of the BSO throughout the year!

 

The 2017 Academy Clinics have concluded.

 

2017 BSO ACADEMY CLINICS: VIOLIN | CELLO | FLUTE | CLARINET | HORN | TRUMPET
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society Building, 1211 Cathedral St 

All participants must be age 18 or older and must submit a non-refundable registration fee at the time of registration. Non-professional community musicians of ALL levels are welcome!

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY 
All Academy Clinic registration fees are non-refundable except in the event of the cancellation of an Academy Clinic due to an emergency as determined by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In the event of a clinic cancellation, all enrolled participants will be refunded. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this policy: academy@bsomusic.org | 410-783-8051

 

ACADEMY VIOLIN CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-4:30 pm

10:30 am-12 pm: J.S. BACH FOR SOLO VIOLIN
Kevin Smith
(BSO Acting Fourth Chair First Violin) uses J.S. Bach’s solo violin pieces to help you incorporate new phrasing and musicality into your playing.

12 pm-1 pm LUNCH (PROVIDED)

1 pm-2:30 pm: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PRACTICE TIME
Wyatt Underhill (BSO Acting Associate Concertmaster) gives special guidance for practice techniques and strategies to improve playing and use practice time to the greatest advantage. Participants will work on etudes, scales, and other warm-ups and technical studies.

3 pm-4:30 pm: COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES FOR VIOLIN 
Qing Li
(BSO Principal Second Violin) discusses solo playing versus ensemble playing, playing collaboratively, and matching techniques to create a cohesive performance.

 

ACADEMY CELLO CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-4:30pm

10:30 am-12 pm: J.S. BACH FOR SOLO CELLO
Dariusz Skoraczewski (BSO Principal Cello) discusses the challenges and rewards of playing Bach.

12 pm-1 pm LUNCH (PROVIDED) 

1 pm-2:30 pm: MUSIC IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
In today’s ever-changing world, is classical music really relevant and vital to people's lives?  The lecture aims to explore the connections between the two and use one's life experience to play the instrument better. This session is presented by Bo Li (BSO Cello). 

3 pm-4:30 pm: CELLO CHOIR
Chang Woo Lee (BSO Associate Principal Cello) leads cello choir readings of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and the famous cello quintet from Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

 

ACADEMY FLUTE CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11 am-6 pm
 

11 am-12:30 pm: PICCOLO IN THE ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE
Laurie Sokoloff (BSO Solo Piccolo, retired) explores the unique role of the piccolo in the orchestral literature. 

12:30 pm-1:30 pm LUNCH (PROVIDED)

1:30 pm-2:30 pm MEDITATION FOR MUSICIANS
Marcia Kämper (BSO Second Flute) will discuss the art and benefits of meditation, how it has helped her as a musician, and how to incorporate meditation into your daily life. This session will include a 20-minute guided meditation.

2:30 pm-4 pm FLUTE CHOIR
Marcia Kämper (BSO Second Flute) will lead readings of challenging repertoire for flute choir.

4:30 pm-6 pm: FLUTE MASTERCLASS
Emily Skala (BSO Principal Flute) discusses activating your creative imagination, and the relationship between tone quality and accuracy of intonation.

 

ACADEMY CLARINET CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-5:30 pm

10:30 am-12 pm: Symphonie fantastique – CLARINET SOLO MASTERCLASS
Yao Guang Zhai, the BSO’s new Principal Clarinet, discusses sound and breathing using the clarinet solos from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.  Each participant should prepare an excerpt from this famous and beautiful showcase piece for the clarinet.

12 pm-1 pm LUNCH (PROVIDED) 

1 pm-2:30 pm: PRACTICE TECHNIQUES & ETUDES FOR CLARINET
Lin Ma
(BSO E-Flat Clarinet) will focus on practice techniques and how to get the most from working on an etude.

3 pm-4:30 pm: CLARINET ENSEMBLES  
John Weigand (Guest Clarinet) leads reading of challenging repertoire for clarinet ensemble with a special focus on phrasing and musicality.

4:45 pm-5:30 pm: ROVNER LIGATURE PRESENTATION (Full Clarinet Clinic Participants Only!) Representatives from Rovner Products will give a brief lecture about their innovative clarinet ligatures. Each clarinet participant will go home with a FREE Rovner ligature!

 

ACADEMY FRENCH HORN CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-4:30 pm

10:30 am-12 pm: SOUND PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Improve your tone with beauty and efficiency in this collaborative setting. Gabrielle Finck (BSO Associate Principal French Horn) will present several techniques for good sound production, and participants will have a chance to experiment with each during the session.

12 pm-1 pm LUNCH (PROVIDED)

1 pm-2:30 pm: LOW HORN MASTERCLASS
Find your confidence in the low register! Lisa Bergman (BSO Second Horn) covers tips and tricks for low horn playing while helping you improve your technique, pitch, sound, and flexibility overall.

3 pm-4:30 pm: PLAYING WITH PANACHE  
Mary Bisson
(BSO French Horn) leads horn ensembles focusing on dynamics, articulation and intonation while listening to one another.

 

ACADEMY TRUMPET CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30 am-4:30 pm

10:30 am-12 pm: POWER, RANGE, AND CONTROL
Rene Hernandez (BSO Assistant Principal Trumpet) discusses using etudes to build power, range and control. Each will learn two etudes to highlight steps to make it all happen.

12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (PROVIDED)

1 pm-2:30 pm: TRUMPET MASTERCLASS    
Andrew Balio (BSO Principal Trumpet) explores the use color change to enhance your playing.

3:00pm-4:30pm: THE ART OF SECTION PLAYING
Nate Hepler (BSO Trumpet) guides participants through orchestral repertoire to explore techniques to create a cohesive sound as a section.

 

The BSO Academy is supported in part by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contact Us: 
academy@bsomusic.org │(410) 783-8051