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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.

Click here to view the roster of the 2017 Honor Orchestra.

Click here to view the 2017 Honor Orchestra Schedule.

Click here to view the Campus Map

Dr. Alexander Jiménez

Dr. Alexander Jimenez

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

Click here to view the roster of the 2017 Honor Orchestra

 

Schedule for Honors String Orchestra

Click here to download the 2017 Honor Orchestra Schedule

Click here to view the Campus Map

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Friday, January 19

5:00 p.m. – Registration

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Rehearsal (students will step out of rehearsal a few at a time to play seating auditions)

8:00 p.m. – Attend Greensboro Symphony chamber concert

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

6:15 – 7:45 p.m. – Rehearsal

7:45 p.m. – Done for the evening

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

* * * New information for 2018 coming soon * * *

Schedule for 2017 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.

New this year – All teacher workshops will take place in the Music Building, Room 111

Friday, January 20

6:00 – Annual Instrument Repair Lab – Melody Choplin, Music Building Room 268

8:00 – Greensboro Symphony Chamber Concert

Saturday, January 21

9:00 – Musical Styles as Applied to Instrumental Conducting – Steven Eggleston

10:00 – Effective Rehearsals: Combining Artistry and Pedagogy – Kevin Geraldi and Rebecca MacLeod

11:00 – Irish Fiddling in the Orchestra Classroom, Scott Walker

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Finding and Maintaining Fulfillment in your Career in String Education- Scott D. Laird

2:00 – Finger Patterns as a Vehicle to Major Scales and Upper Positions – Scott D. Laird

3:00 – UNCG String Faculty Performance (UNCG Organ Hall)

4:00 – The Art of the Bow Arm, Marjorie Bagley

5:00 – Dinner

7:00 – Finding a Place in the Circle: Navigating Your Community Jam Session, Christen Blanton and Mark Dillon

Sunday, January 22

10:00 – Teaching Life Skills Through Cello Lessons, Alex Ezerman

11:00 – My Favorite Orchestra Piece Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

11:45 – Finish

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


Session Descriptions

Annual Instrument Repair Lab, Melody Choplin
Come and learn do-it-yourself repairs for your strings classroom. Important information regarding instrument assessment, basic repairs, and instrument maintenance will be shared.

Musical Styles as Applied to Instrumental Conducting, Steven Eggleston
Are you conducting with style? Do your students know what musical style they should be playing? Marcato, tenuto, staccato…….the list keeps going. A presentation on how to better show your students what style to play through non-verbal conducting technique.

Effective Rehearsals: Combining Artistry and Pedagogy, Kevin Geraldi and Rebecca MacLeod
Effective rehearsals begin with detailed musical expectations, and include excellent non-verbal instruction, clear goals, specific feedback, and effective pacing. Bring your instruments and participate in this interactive rehearsal lab.

Irish Fiddling in the Orchestra Classroom, Scott Walker
With Scott Walker on fiddle, and his brother Landon on the accordion, this demonstration will include a short performance of traditional Irish music, and an overview of the types and styles of music that are in the tradition, as well as a short discussion of how having sting students to play this kind of music can be an interesting advantage to traditional strings instruction.

Finding and Maintaining Fulfillment in your Career in String Education, Scott D. Laird
In this session, participants will consider their level of fulfillment with their work and career in string education. The presenter will provide a variety of focus areas for consideration and models for identifying and assessing career fulfillment.  Attendees will be asked to consider (and perhaps share) their roles as artists/educators, motivations for embarking on a career in string education, sense of mission in the school and community, complexity of their work, perspective on workload, busy schedules, and a balanced life. Participants will walk away with strategies to find fulfillment in their careers while balancing their personal and professional life.

Finger Patterns as a Vehicle to Major Scales and Upper Positions, Scott D. Laird
In this hands-on session, attendees will learn a practical method for incorporating the concept of finger patterns into a systematic approach for technique development. Utilizing the pedagogy of George Bornoff as the foundation, attendees will be introduced to a system of nomenclature and group activities that facilitate the introduction and development of intonation, shifting, upper positions, scales, rhythm, and bow techniques. These ideas can be used in both the homogeneous or heterogeneous classroom and can be incorporated into any teaching environment or level. The presenter will offer suggestions for incorporating instructional technologies into the system and provide online and technological resources to attendees.  Bring an instrument and learn in a “hands on” environment!

The Art of the Bow Arm, Professor Marjorie Bagley
This session will cover the foundations of a beautiful bow arm including: bow hold, role of the fingers and wrist, and the implications of the upper arm and lower arm. Elements of speed, weight, and contact point will be demonstrated along with exercises to help your students understand how to produce a beautiful tone.

Finding a Place in the Circle: Navigating Your Community Jam Session, Christen Blanton and Mark Dillon
In this presentation, we will outline how jam sessions in different musical traditions are run, provide video and audio examples of jamming communities, and get advice from key informants about how to get the most out of your local jam.  We also will explore how connecting with your local jamming community can have a lasting impact on your students, your teaching, and the community at large.  Don’t forget your instrument!

Teaching Life Skills Through Cello Lessons, Alex Ezerman
Playing the cello requires focus, determination, and problem solving skills. These are all necessary life skills that transfer across subjects. Further, students who take responsibility for their own learning by structuring deliberate practice may also become more independent in other areas of their life. This session will tackle some of the main issues in cello pedagogy, with a focus on how the skills needed to excel at the cello can be transferred to life skills.

My Favorite Orchestra Piece Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod
Back by popular demand, this reading session will showcase your favorite orchestra piece. Bring your favorite piece including parts and a score. We will play through everyone’s piece. Feel free to tell us why this is one of your favorite pieces for string orchestra.

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

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(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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration Forms and Information

Application and Recording Instructions for Students

Apply for Honors String Orchestra Register or Teachers Conference

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.

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
Dr. Alexander Jiménez
Honor Orchestra Clinician
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Craig Brown Double Bass
kevin geraldi
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
Honor Orchestra Clinician