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Southeast Honors String Festival & String Teachers Conference
January 19 – 21, 2018

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Dr. Alexander Jiménez
Dr. Alexander Jiménez

The 8th Annual Southeast Honors String Festival hosted at UNCG is an intensive three-day festival for students in grades 9-12, as well as middle and high school orchestra directors.

The festival Honors Orchestra provides an opportunity for advanced string students to further the development of their performance skills through rehearsals, sectionals, performances, and master classes. Dr. Alexander Jiménez, Director of Orchestral Activities at Florida State University, will serve as guest clinician. Online applications are being accepted now. Student applications, including audition recordings, are due no later than December 5, 2017. Those selected for participation will be notified of their acceptance by December 12, 2017. The fee for each selected student is $55, which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday in the UNCG Dining Hall. The String Festival will conclude with a concert by the Honors String Orchestra on Sunday, January 21 in the Music Building Recital Hall.

Based on the audition recording, some students will be selected for a complimentary private lesson with UNCG string faculty members, scheduled as part of the Festival.

The String Teachers Conference features clinics on topics including string pedagogy, instrument repair, and effective rehearsal techniques, presented by members of the UNCG Music faculty and guests. The fee for all participating string directors and private teachers is $65, which includes the festival fee, refreshments, and parking. Participants may earn 1.5 units of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit. The String Teachers Conference is a terrific opportunity to grow and develop as teachers and musicians under the guidance and inspiration of our outstanding clinicians.

Thank you to all who auditioned. We received many fine recordings this year and competition was keen on every instrument.
Click here to view the 2018 Honor Orchestra roster

Click here to view the Campus Map

Registration Forms and Information

Apply for Honors String Orchestra Register for Teachers Conference

Application and Recording Instructions for Students

To apply, students must submit an online application and an audio recording with 3 to 5 minutes of playing. On your recording, we would like you to play 2 scales (chosen from the list below), as well as a piece of your choice. You may perform any music you wish – a movement or excerpt from a solo piece, sonata, or concerto, an etude, etc. You should consult with your private teacher or orchestra director for help in choosing the piece(s) you can play well.

Scale Requirements: (choose 2)

Perform scales as sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50. The tonic may be repeated in each octave. Perform arpeggios the same number of octaves as the corresponding scales, eighth note triplets at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 50.

  • Violin: C, G, D, A, B-flat major 3 octaves; F major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Viola: C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Cello: C, G, D, F major 3 octaves; A, B-flat Major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 3 octaves. Slur scales 4 notes per bow and arpeggios 3 notes per bow.
  • Bass: C, D, B-flat major 1 octave; F, G, A major 2 octaves; any melodic minor of the student’s choice 2 octaves. Slur scales 2 notes per bow and arpeggios separate bows.

Other recording instructions:

  1. Any type of recorder will do – use anything from a computer to a portable unit with a built-in microphone.
  2. Before you begin to play, state your name, instrument, grade & school.
  3. Label the audio file with your name, instrument, & grade.
  4. Only one player per audio file.
  5. You may take several tries, if you wish, at recording a fine performance. If you make mistakes, just start over from the beginning before submitting your file.
  6. Follow the instructions at stringfestival.uncg.edu to apply and upload your recording.

You will be directed to our external registration site, sehsfregistration.org, for submission of your application.

The application deadline is December 5, 2017. Notification of the results will be made to all students via e-mail by December 12, 2017.

Dr. Alexander Jiménez

Dr. Alexander Jiménez
Dr. Alexander Jiménez

Alexander Jiménez serves as Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Activities, and String Area Coordinator at the Florida State University College of Music. He has served on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has degrees from Baylor University (B.M.) and The Florida State University (M.M., M.M.E, and D.M.). Jiménez studied with Phillip Spurgeon, Michael Haithcock, and the late Anton Guadagno. As a former percussionist and timpanist, he studied with Gary Werdesheim, Larry Vanlandingham, Keiko Abe, and Cloyd Duff.

Under his direction the FSU Orchestras have continued their long tradition of excellence. Both the undergraduate University Philharmonia and the University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Jiménez have championed new music and collaborated with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Iannaconne, Christopher Theofanidis, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Ladislav Kubik. In 2007 the USO was featured in the PBS special Peanuts Gallery® which was awarded Best Performance of 2007 by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Jiménez has recorded with the Mark, CBC/Ovation, Col Legno, Neos, and Naxos labels. In 2016 the USO was chosen as the featured orchestra at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association. In 2016 the USO was invited to perform at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association.

Jiménez is active as a guest conductor, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Europe where he has appeared in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Israel, and Italy. Since 2009 he has served on the international jury panel of the European Festival of Music for Young People in Neerpelt, Belgium, and in 2013 was named International Festival Ambassador. Dr. Jiménez is in demand conducting honor and all-state orchestras throughout the U.S. In Tallahassee, he appears regularly as guest conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras since 2000.

Dr. Jiménez is a past president of the College Orchestra Directors Association. He holds memberships in the College Orchestra Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the League of American Orchestras.


Roster

Thank you to all who auditioned. We received many fine recordings this year and competition was keen on every instrument.
Click here to view the 2018 Honor Orchestra roster

Schedule for Honors String Orchestra

Click here to view the Campus Map

Friday, January 19

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Rehearsal (students will step out of rehearsal a few at a time to play seating auditions)

Saturday, January 20

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Sectionals with UNCG String Faculty

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Rehearsal

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Rehearsals, String Faculty Recital

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Dinner

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Rehearsal

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Travel to Guilford College for Greensboro Symphony concert

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Attend Greensboro Symphony Orchestra concert (ticket included)

Manuel Barrueco, guitar

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnole

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra

Debussy Iberia

Ravel Alborado del grazioso

Sunday, January 21

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Rehearsal

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Call time for concert

1:30 p.m. – Concert, School of Music Recital Hall


The String Teachers Conference will feature guest clinician Mimi Zweig.

portrait of Mimi ZweigMimi Zweig is currently a professor of violin and director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Japan and Europe. She has recently produced StringPedagogy.com, an innovative web-based teaching tool. In the spring of 2006, American Public Television released the documentary, “Circling Around-The Violin Virtuosi” which features String Academy students. The String Academy and Mimi Zweig are recent recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation grant which supports the teaching of gifted violinists. Her students have won numerous competitions, and teach and perform worldwide.


Schedule for Teachers Conference

The String Teachers Conference features clinics on topics including string pedagogy, instrument repair, and effective rehearsal techniques, presented by members of the UNCG Music faculty and guests. The fee for all participating string directors and private teachers is $65, which includes the festival fee, refreshments, and parking. Participants may earn 1.5 units of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit. The String Teachers Conference is a terrific opportunity to grow and develop as teachers and musicians under the guidance and inspiration of our outstanding clinicians.

Teacher workshops will take place in the Music Building, Room 111

Friday, January 19

6:15 – 7:00 pm – Registration  (Music Building Main Lobby)

7:00 – 9:00 – Setting Up for Success, Mimi Zweig (111)

Saturday, January 21

9:00 – Conducting with Clarity AND Beauty: You Don’t Have to Choose, Dr. Alex Jimenez

10:00 – Improvisation in the String Classroom, Dr. Alex Ezerman

11:00 – TBA (session of participant’s choice with Mimi Zweig)

12:00 – Lunch

1:15 – My Favorite Orchestra Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

3:00 – Violin Masterclass, Mimi Zweig (Organ Hall)

5:00 – Dinner

6:00 – Observe rehearsal

7:00 – Time to travel to Guilford College

8:00 – Greensboro Symphony Masterworks Concert, Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnole
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra
Debussy Iberia
Ravel Alborado del grazioso

Sunday, January 21

10:00 – Playing Without a Shoulder Rest, Mimi Zweig

11:00 – What to Do with New Students Who Arrive with Issues, Mimi Zweig

11:45 – Lunch

1:30 – SESF Honors Orchestra Concert (Recital Hall)

Session Descriptions

Setting Up for Success, Mimi Zweig

This session will focus on the beginning stage of string playing. The first lessons are the most important lessons setting the foundation for what is coming.

The Non-judgmental Environment
Getting the Violin Ready
Getting the Student Ready
First Pieces
The Bow
The Violin and Bow Together
The Twinkles and Early Repertoire

Conducting with Clarity AND Beauty: You Don’t Have to Choose, Dr. Alex Jimenez

To what extent does clear and beautiful gesture truly matter? Are these the concerns only of conductors who work with professional groups? In this session, participants will explore the benefits of a musically descriptive and physically inspiring conducting vocabulary for groups of any age. Ways to use well-conceived conducting gestures to improve your ensemble while creating a fun and productive learning environment will be discussed. Bring your batons!

Improvisation in the String Classroom, Dr. Alex Ezerman

Improvising can really engage students both creatively and musically. This session will provide games and activities that will boost your students’ creativity, musical understanding, and communication with one another. Bring your instruments to this session.

Setting Up for Success Continued, Mimi Zweig

This session will continue the discussion of Setting Up for Success. A continuation of repertoire will be explored with understanding bow division and left hand finger placement.

My Favorite Orchestra Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

This session has become a participant favorite! Participants will each bring one of their favorite orchestra pieces to teach their students. Bring your instrument to read through favorite orchestra literature for beginning, intermediate, and advanced string players.

Playing Without a Shoulder Rest, Mimi Zweig

This session will explore the relationship of the physical body to the instrument.  Searching for the most comfortable chin rest and shoulder rests suitable for each individual.

What to Do with New Students Who Arrive with Issues, Mimi Zweig

This session will explore how to begin the process of establishing a healthy foundation through the basic bow strokes of martele, detache and legato.


2018 Hotel Information and Festival Rates

Selected students can find reasonably priced housing at Greensboro-area hotels either by calling or browsing travel sites online (hotels.com, Trivago, hotwire.com, Kayak, etc.). All housing arrangements are the responsibility of the student, parent, and/or band director. We have provided information for hotels that participants have used in previous years.

Drury Inn & Suites
(336) 856-9696

Exit 217, I-40 and Gate City Blvd./High Point Rd., 3220 High Point Rd., on south side of I-40, about 2.5 miles from UNCG

Best Western Windsor Suites
(336) 294-9100

Exit 217, I-40 and Gate City Blvd./High Point Rd., 2006 Veasley St., on south side of I-40, about 2.5 miles from UNCG

Comfort Inn, Wendover Plaza
(336) 297-1055

Exit 214, I-40 and Wendover Ave., 1103 Lanada Rd., go west on Wendover Ave. 1 block, then left on Stanley Rd., about 3 miles from UNCG

Holiday Inn Express
(336) 854-0090

Exit 214B eastbound and 214 westbound, I-40 and Wendover Ave., 4305 Big Tree Way, on the north side of I-40, go east on Wendover 1 block, about 4 miles from UNCG Music Building

Doubletree by Hilton
(336) 292-4004

Exit 217, I-40 and Gate City Blvd./High Point Rd., 3030 High Point Rd., on north side of I-40, about 2.5 miles from UNCG

Hyatt Place
(336) 852-1443

Exit 214B eastbound and 214 westbound, I-40 and Wendover Ave., 1619 Stanley Rd., go west on Wendover 1 block, turn left on Stanley Rd., about 4 miles from UNCG


Southeast Honors String Festival
UNCG School of Music
University Orchestras
100 McIver Street
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(800) 999-2869

Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi, Director of Orchestral Activities – kmgerald@uncg.edu

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod, String Music Education – rbmacleo@uncg.edu


Dr. Alexander Jiménez portrait

Alexander Jiménez – SESF Honors Orchestra guest conductor, serves as Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Activities, and String Area Coordinator at the Florida State University College of Music. He has served on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has degrees from Baylor University (B.M.) and The Florida State University (M.M., M.M.E, and D.M.). Jiménez studied with Phillip Spurgeon, Michael Haithcock, and the late Anton Guadagno. As a former percussionist and timpanist, he studied with Gary Werdesheim, Larry Vanlandingham, Keiko Abe, and Cloyd Duff.

Under his direction the FSU Orchestras have continued their long tradition of excellence. Both the undergraduate University Philharmonia and the University Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Jiménez have championed new music and collaborated with such composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Iannaconne, Christopher Theofanidis, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Ladislav Kubik. In 2007 the USO was featured in the PBS special Peanuts Gallery® which was awarded Best Performance of 2007 by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Jiménez has recorded with the Mark, CBC/Ovation, Col Legno, Neos, and Naxos labels. In 2016 the USO was chosen as the featured orchestra at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association. In 2016 the USO was invited to perform at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association.

Jiménez is active as a guest conductor, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Europe where he has appeared in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Israel, and Italy. Since 2009 he has served on the international jury panel of the European Festival of Music for Young People in Neerpelt, Belgium, and in 2013 was named International Festival Ambassador. Dr. Jiménez is in demand conducting honor and all-state orchestras throughout the U.S. In Tallahassee, he appears regularly as guest conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras since 2000.

Dr. Jiménez is a past president of the College Orchestra Directors Association. He holds memberships in the College Orchestra Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the League of American Orchestras.


portrait of Mimi Zweig

Mimi Zweig – SESF Teachers Conference clinician, is currently a professor of violin and director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Japan and Europe. She has recently produced StringPedagogy.com, an innovative web-based teaching tool. In the spring of 2006, American Public Television released the documentary, “Circling Around-The Violin Virtuosi” which features String Academy students. The String Academy and Mimi Zweig are recent recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation grant which supports the teaching of gifted violinists. Her students have won numerous competitions, and teach and perform worldwide.


 

 

 

Dr. Alexander Jiménez
Dr. Alexander Jiménez
SESF Honors Orchestra guest conductor

craigbrown
Craig Brown Double Bass

kevin geraldi
Kevin Kevin Geraldi Conducting

rebecca macleod
Rebecca MacLeod Music Education

marjorie bagley
Marjorie Bagley Violin

alex ezerman
Alex Ezerman Violoncello

fabian lopez
Fabián López Violin

scott rawls
Scott Rawls Viola

Mimi Zweig
SESF Teachers Conference clinician