University of Tennessee Viola Celebration to be held This Weekend, Oct. 22-23

UT Viola Celebration 
5th Anniversary Extravaganza
October 22-23, 2011

The University of Tennessee is proud to announce the Fifth Anniversary Viola Celebration is scheduled for October 22-23, 2011.  Violists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the festivities which will include a concerto performance by James Dunham and the UT Symphony Orchestra, the All-Viola Orchestra led by David Holland, Master Classes with renowned violists and more!  As an incentive to apply early, the first 10 students to register on-line will be invited to perform a duo with one of the Faculty at the final concert!    Activities have been organized to allow for all ages and abilities to celebrate the viola in this FREE weekend of fun and learning.

Special Guests

We are honored to present violists James Dunham and David Holland as our esteemed guest artists for the 5th anniversary of the UT Viola Celebration.  A renowned performer and pedagogue, James Dunham will perform the Walton Viola Concerto with orchestra as well as lead a full day of activities including a discussion on historical puzzles of the Walton Concerto, a master class and will also perform duos with two lucky student participants!

All-Viola Orchestra

The beloved All-Viola Orchestra is back and better than ever!  Violist David Holland will take the baton to lead this crowd-pleasing event.  A middle voice instrument, violists don’t often get the chance to shine in ensembles the way our more famous cousins do.  For one weekend, the Viola Celebration shines a spotlight on the viola.  Violists of all ages – students and professionals alike – join together to perform in a rare exaltation of the alto clef!  Our last Viola Orchestra had 93 violists on stage; will we hit 100 this year?

Buddy Program

New this year, the Buddy Program will pair younger violists with interested college students as mentors for the weekend.  During the Viola Celebration, Buddies will sit together in orchestra and will have coaching time on the more difficult spots in the repertoire to allow every student to feel confident in the final performance.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to the All-Viola Orchestra, the Viola Celebration boasts five separate master classes and an opportunity for 10 lucky students to perform duos with the faculty! Duos will be assigned to the first 10 applicants, so register early. Due to technical difficulties, Web Registration will now open at Noon EST on September 2nd.


For more information on what sounds like an exciting and entertaining weekend, check out the official website here.

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