NWSA launches ViolaFest! with a day of viola master classes and recitals

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Richard Fleischman ViolaFestMiami -- New World School of the Arts launches the first annual ViolaFest! to take place on the campus of NWSA in Miami, Florida. Hosted by Richard Fleischman, Associate Professor Senior of Viola at NWSA, the daylong festival places the viola in the spotlight, and offers participants the opportunity to meet, play and experience the viola in varied ways.
ViolaFest! is packed with activities that explore the instrument through Masterclasses and Special Viola Topics with NWSA Professor Richard Fleischman, performances, and even a Viola Ensemble and Faculty recital.
The event is free and open to students in grades 7-12 as well as college-age students. Parents are encouraged to attend. Participants must bring their viola and their music. A snack will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring food and drinks to eat in between events, while exploring the beautiful Wolfson Campus in the heart of downtown Miami.

Saturday, February 21; 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM. NWSA Music building #4, located at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. 401 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132.
ViolaFest! is FREE of charge. Advanced registration is required for Master Class participation.  To pre-register, email Richard Fleischman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Regular registration may also take place on the day of ViolaFest! in the lobby of the NWSA Music building, where the event takes place.
Having performed in twenty countries around the world, Richard Fleischman has received numerous honors, most notably the Windsor Prize, personally awarded to him by Leonard Bernstein; and the Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, the highest award bestowed by The Juilliard School. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, his extensive career over the last thirty years as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue has brought him much acclaim. Born in New York City, Mr. Fleischman was awarded a Naumberg Scholarship to the Juilliard School at the age of 16, receiving the Pre-College Diploma, and then the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in a total of four years. There he studied withWilliam Lincer, eventually becoming his teaching assistant. Further studieswere with Joseph De Pasquale and Felix Galimir at the Curtis Institute of Music. He studied conducting with Max Rudolf in Philadelphia and with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany; and composition with Vincent Persichetti in New York. An active performer internationally, nationally and locally, he has performed as viola and viola d'amore soloist with many orchestras and given recitals allover the USA. He currently performs and records as violist of the Delray String Quartet ,  and is the longtime solo violist of both the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. He has performed as principal violist for conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Sergiu Celibidache, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Sir Andrew Davis, Edo De Waart and David Robertson and has recorded for Naxos Records, London/Decca, Sony and Centaur among others. He was a member of the San Francisco Symphony from 1990-1995, performing on several of their Grammy Award-winning recordings.  From 2005-2007, he was Guest Principal Violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As tenured Professor of viola at Miami's New World School of the Arts since 1996, Mr. Fleischman's viola students have achieved great success world-wide. He has taught and given masterclasses throughout the USA, SouthAmerica, Europe and Asia. He plays a viola made for him by Hiroshi Iizuka (USA), a viola d'amore by Martin Biller, and bows by Pierre-Yves Fuchs(Switzerland) and Jose Dacunha (USA). He lives in Miami, Florida and Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.

For an interview with Richard Fleischman, visit http://vimeo.com/75509488
Masterclasses are mini public lessons. A "master" teacher offers insights and advice to each student in front of a room of visitors. During the morning masterclasses each participant will play for 10-15 minutes. For the afternoon class, the lesson will be 20 minutes. This lesson is open to others as observers or participants. All students wishing to perform in a Master Class MUST register in advance by calling.
Viola Ensemble is an orchestra of Violists! Special music has been composed or arranged for this group and we will play through and even perform a few pieces on the recital at the end of the day.
Lunch with a Musician will allow participants to “Pick the brains” of the Viola Day Teacher at an informal lunch. Pizza will be available for $5.
Viola Day Ensemble and Faculty Recital. After a day of ensemble rehearsals and viola inspiration, the day will end in a performance!  The ViolaFest! Ensemble will perform a short concert of works showcasing all the excellentwork done in a day. Professor Fleischman will also take the stage to showcase the viola as a solo instrument.  
ViolaFest! Q & As
What should I bring with me?
Bring your viola and your music! A snack will be provided but feel free to bring food and drinks to eat in between events.
When should we arrive?
Please try to arrive a little before the 8:30 AM registration. NWSA Music Building lobby, 401 NE 4th St in Miami.  The day’s activities will begin right after registration at 9:00 AM.
How much does it cost? ViolaFest! is FREE of charge
How do I pre-register?  To pre-register
If I pre-registered do I still need to arrive early?
Yes, you should arrive at 8:30 AM in order to:
Check in/register
Sign up and pay for the optional pizza lunch ($5, cash only)
Find room locations
Have questions answered
Learn more about NWSA
Explore beautiful the beautiful Wolfson Campus. A short walk away is famous Bayside, a mall on the water only blocks away from NWSA.
Can I participate without having pre-registered?
Yes, registration is available on the day of ViolaFest. While a Master Class opportunity may not be possible, there will be a special topics class and ensemble opportunities to fill your day.
When do I find out about my participation in a Master Class?
Those who have requested to participate in a Master Class will be placed with a teacher. You will be notified of the room upon arrival.
What goes on in a Master Class?
A Master Class is a short, public lesson. The participant comes prepared to play a piece for the guest masterteacher. The teacher provides comments and constructive feedback to the student and the audience. This feedback shares insights on how to not only play thespecific work but useful considerations when playing the viola including ideas about technique in the right and left hand, tone, rhythm, musicality, and intonation. The "lesson" is about 10-20 minutes long.  For the Afternoon Master class, a staff pianist will be provided.
What should I wear?
Students may dress casually for most events. If you are participating in the Master Class, please dress nicely.
Can parents attend any of the events?
All parents are invited to watch the day’s activities but it is not required. Downtown Miami has wonderful shops, coffee houses, and outdoor activities. You and your parents are invited to attend the ViolaFest Ensemble and Faculty Recital at 4:30 PM
Who can I contact with any questions? Richard Fleischman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Music at NWSA: The academic music curriculum at NewWorld School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation,chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-7855 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.