2017 BSO Academy Clinics

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

2017 BSO ACADEMY CLINICS: VIOLIN | CELLO | FLUTE | CLARINET | HORN | TRUMPET
Saturday, April 8, 2017
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!

REGISTRATION FEES
$100 per session* (any session of any clinic excluding the Rovner Clarinet Ligature Presentation.)
$250 for a full Academy Clinic including lunch
*$100 rate does not include lunch. Limit three sessions per participant.

CLINIC AUDITING FEES
$50 per session (any session of any clinic excluding the Rovner Clarinet Ligature presentation)
$150 for a full Academy Clinic including lunch

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

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

Registration Fees
$100 per session (not including lunch) 
$250 for all 3 Violin Clinic sessions and lunch

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10:30am-12:00pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: a short selection from a piece for solo violin by J.S. Bach, and the following excerpts (Click the link to open a PDF): Bach Violin Excerpts

    1. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Presto: mm 1-11
    2. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Presto: mm 35-54
    3. Partita No. 1 in B minor, Double: mm 1-9
    4. Partita No. 2 in D minor, Giga: mm 1-5
    5. Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Largo: mm 1-4 (top line only!)

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

1:00pm-2:30pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Participants should come prepared with ideas on warming up and how they like to begin each day at the violin and a brief etude or etude excerpt.

3:00pm-4:30pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE (Parts to be assigned in late winter 2017): Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for 4 Violins, First Movement
 (Click link to open PDF) Vivaldi Concerto for 4 Violins, Violin I-IV

ACADEMY CELLO CLINIC (3 spots left!)
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:30am-4:30pm

Registration Fees
$100 per session (not including lunch) 
$250 for all 3 Cello Clinic sessions and lunch

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10:30am-12:00pm: J.S. BACH FOR SOLO CELLO (3 spots left!)
Dariusz Skoraczewski (BSO Principal Cello) discusses the challenges and rewards of playing Bach. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: one movement from one of J.S. Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello

12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (PROVIDED) 

1:00pm-2:30pm: MUSIC IN YOUR DAILY LIFE (3 spots left!)
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).  REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: any solo piece that is still a work in progress

3:00pm-4:30pm: CELLO CHOIR (3 spots left!)
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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE (Click links to open PDFs): Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, William Tell Overture Please learn all parts to both pieces.

ACADEMY FLUTE CLINIC
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:00am-6:00pm
 

Registration Fees
$100 per session (not including lunch) 
$250 for all 4 Flute Clinic sessions and lunch

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11:00am-12:30pm: PICCOLO IN THE ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE
Laurie Sokoloff (BSO Solo Piccolo, retired) explores the unique role of the piccolo in the orchestral literature.  REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: an excerpt of your choice, or in lieu of an excerpt play a scale or short selection from a solo piece to discuss tone, intonation, and musicality.

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

1:30pm-2:30pm 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.

2:30pm-4:00pm FLUTE CHOIR
Marcia Kämper (BSO Second Flute) will lead readings of challenging repertoire for flute choir.

4:30pm-6:00pm: FLUTE MASTERCLASS
Emily Skala (BSO Principal Flute) discusses activating your creative imagination, and the relationship between tone quality and accuracy of intonation. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: a short selection from a solo piece or orchestral excerpt

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

Registration Fees
$100 per session (does not include lunch or the Rovner presentation)
$250 for all 3 Clarinet Clinic sessions, the Rovner presentation, and lunch)

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10:30am-12:00pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE:  Clarinet excerpts from Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (Click to open a PDF) Complete Parts for Clarinet (I-II)

12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH (PROVIDED) 

1:00pm-2:30pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Rose 32 Etudes for Clarinet, Nos. 1-4 and 9-12 are recommended. (Click to open a PDF) Rose 32 Etudes for Clarinet (Complete)

3:00pm-4:30pm: CLARINET ENSEMBLES  
John Weigand (Guest Clarinet) leads reading of challenging repertoire for clarinet ensemble with a special focus on phrasing and musicality.

4:45pm-5:30pm: 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
10:30am-4:30pm

Registration Fees
$100 per session (not including lunch) 
$250 for all 3 French Horn Clinic sessions and lunch

The French Horn Clinic is currently at capacity. Please contact us directly to be added to the waiting list: academy@bsomusic.org (Updated March 1 2017)

10:30am-12:00pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Please prepare and bring a lyrical solo, etude, or excerpt.

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

1:00pm-2:30pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Prepare two to three of the following excerpts to play in class: (Click to open a PDF) Low Horn Excerpts

    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, low tutti, 4th horn, 3 after #17 to 1 after #21
    • Strauss Ein Heldenleben, 2nd horn, 5 before #4 to 2 after #5
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, 2nd horn, Scherzo movement, Trio
    • Haydn Symphony No. 31, 2nd horn, Adagio variation
    • Mahler Symphony No. 1, 2nd or 4th horn, mvt.3, 4 after #13 to #15

3:00pm-4:30pm: 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
10:30am-4:30pm

Registration Fees
$100 per session (not including lunch) 
$250 for all 3 Trumpet Clinic sessions and lunch

The Trumpet Clinic is currently at capacity. Please contact us directly to be added to the waiting list: academy@bsomusic.org (Updated Feb 10 2017)

10:30am-12:00pm: 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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE (Click links to open PDFs): Concone Etude #20, Allen Vizzutti Etude #6

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

1:00pm-2:30pm: TRUMPET MASTERCLASS    
Andrew Balio (BSO Principal Trumpet) explores the use color change to enhance your playing. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: a short selection from a solo piece or orchestral excerpt

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. REQUIRED REPERTOIRE: Please prepare the following trumpet excerpts (click links to open PDFs):

 

BSO CONCERT WEEKEND: April 6-8, 2017

Use promo code ACADEMY20 for 20% off for the entire concert weekend!

STRATHMORE – Thursday, April 6 at 8:00pm
MEYERHOFF – Friday, April 7 at 8:00pm
MEYERHOFF – Saturday, April 8 at 8:00pm

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Violinist Ray Chen brings his extraordinary talents to the concerto by Paganini, a consummate showman whose works of astounding virtuosity and flashy style lead to rumors he had sold his soul! And if that isn’t enough, Berlioz’s richly orchestrated Symphonie fantastique conjures a tale of obsessive love leading to madness, an opium dream and a dance with the Devil. French conductor Ludovic Morlot makes a welcome return for this pyrotechnic program.

 

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

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