Join us for all or part of this special day on September 8th, 2019 and find inspiration for the start of the 2019 – 2020 academic year! There will be a catered lunch, and guest speakers will offer insightful workshops. RSVP is required. Register here!
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Stacia Spencer is a senior lecturer in string pedagogy at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and string coordinator for the Northwestern Music Academy. She also has been on the faculty of the Northwestern National High School Music Institute teaching violin, viola and chamber music. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Ms. Spencer was an assistant professor of music at Indiana University School of Music where she taught classes in violin and viola pedagogy and was the assistant to Mimi Zweig at the IU String Academy. Ms. Spencer has a special interest in contemporary music, working with composers and performing new pieces. An eclectic musican and performer, she has been a vocalist and jazz singer in the Jon Eaton Pocket Opera Company in Chicago and New York. As a singer and electric violist she has also performed and recorded in the rock genre. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in viola from Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Mimi Zweig, Kim Kashkashian and George Janzer. Ms. Spencer’s students have won many competitions and have been featured on “From the Top”. They also participate in their school orchestras as well as the Chicago Youth Orchestras and the Midwest Young Artists Orchestras.
Rebecca Henry has developed one of the premier pre-college string programs at the Peabody Preparatory and teaches Violin and String Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland. She is Assistant Professor of Viola at the Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory and returns to her alma mater in the summers to teach at the Indiana University Summer String Academy and Teacher’s Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. Ms. Henry has presented master classes and teacher workshops throughout the U.S. (ASTA National (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013), MTNA, SAA) and in Canada, Scotland and Turkey, co-edited a series of contemporary music for violin ensembles, and is Principal Violist of the Washington Chamber Orchestra and is co-founder of www.ViolinPractice.com. Her former students are performing and teaching around the world.
Phyllis Freeman is active as a teacher, performer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of a school for strings, the Maryland Talent Education Center and co-founder of ViolinPractice.com, a website that supports students, teachers, and parents in their journey towards effective and creative practice. She currently holds the position of principal viola in the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and section viola in the National Philharmonic. She is a past-president of MD/DC ASTA and was a recipient of both the “Teacher of the Year” and the “Service to Strings” award. She has presented at local and national ASTA Conferences and from 2013-2017 she was the marketing director for Potter Violins. BM Indiana University, MM Peabody Conservatory.
Eva Belvelin, CEO of Fiolosofen, is a Swedish violinist and violin teacher who studied with Lisbeth Vecchi in Sweden, with Prof. John Kendall in the United States, and with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan. She is a Fulbright Alumna with MFA from Gothenburg University, Sweden, and from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL, USA. She has held positions such as Violin and Viola Pedagogy Teacher at Ingesund Conservatory of Music, Karlstad University, Sweden, Chairman of the Swedish String Teachers Association, and Vice President of the European String Teachers Association. Internationally, Eva is a popular lecturer, as well as the violin coach of several professional concertmasters and even a Hollywood movie starIn Sweden, Eva directs her own music academy where she is the artistic leader of the violin ensemble, Scandinavian Strings. She produced their CD, Scandinavian Strings Attached including among other artists Joseph Williams, David Foster, Walt Aldridge, and the Gothenburg Symphony, National Orchestra of Sweden. Eva is the author and composer of the violin/viola/cello school, Little Things for Little Strings, and she produces music, books, pedagogical teaching materials, and the world selling Belvelin Shoulder rests.