NWSA presents ViolaFest, a day of all things viola With distinguished guest artists Karen Dreyfusand Glenn Dicterow

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Violafest 2018 picture for press release.Miami-- New World School of the Arts presents its annual ViolaFest Event featuring Masterclasses by distinguished guest artists Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. 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. Ms. Dreyfus and Mr. Dicterow will be performing together at the ViolaFest Final Concert.
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 17; 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261. 300 NE 2Avenue, 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. or complete the form using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JGHzaFOw9l7VqEEc2F-Og8pUFbCqq2LiZMxoKRjiek4/viewform?edit_requested=true
Regular registration may also take place on the day of ViolaFest at the event site.
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 with William Lincer, eventually becoming his teaching assistant. Further studies were 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 all over 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 New World School of the Arts since 1996, Mr. Fleischman's viola students have achieved great success worldwide. He has taught and given masterclasses throughout the USA, South America, 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 lease visit: http://vimeo.com/75509488
Dreyfus is world-renowned violinist who currently teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music. She has distinguished herself as a recipient of many prizes, including the Naumburg Viola Competition (1982), the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (1980), the Washington International Competition (1979), and the Hudson Valley Competition (1978). Karen Dreyfus has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Dicterowhas established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation. Having appeared as soloist with orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician from coast to coast, he retired as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2014 season having held that title for 34 years. He is the longest serving concertmaster in the orchestra’s history. Dicterow has performed with numerous orchestra worldwide, is a winner of top international competitions, and can be heard in the violin solos of the film scores for The Turning Point, The Untouchables, Altered States, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Interview with the Vampire, among others. He serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, and became the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
Masterclasses are mini public lessons. Led by distinguished artists Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow, the classes will offer 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 excellent work done in a day. Professor Fleischman will also take the stage to showcase the viola as a solo instrument.  
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, email Richard Fleischman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 master teacher. The teacher provides comments and constructive feedback to the student and the audience. This feedback shares insights on how to not only play the specific 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 New World 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 305-237-3622 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.