With strings attached

Last Updated 02 April 2017, 18:48 IST
The Bangalore School of Music’s recently concluded 15th East West Music and Dance Encounter featuring over a 100 Indian and international artistes, offered many of the BSM students a valuable opportunity to perform in various concerts at venues across the city.

In a rare opportunity for youngsters across Bengaluru and even other cities to learn to play in an orchestra and be part of one, from April 3 to April 8, The Bangalore School of Music will host a week-long ‘Orchestral Development Workshop’ for students of violin, cello and other string instruments, led by world renowned cellist Avery Waite, from Juilliard School of Music, USA.

The ‘Avery Waite Strings Workshop’ will culminate in a concert on April 8, where participants will be given the opportunity to display on stage all that they have learnt during that one week.

A nominal fee of Rs 750 per child will be charged for the workshop.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, American cellist Avery Waite is an active performer, conductor and international music education advocate, actively involved in cultural diplomacy projects.

Avery has performed and taught at music programmes around the world, including in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Jamaica and El Salvador.

In his current role as programme manager for MusAid, a music education non-profit organisation, he works to support socially-minded music projects in countries emerging from conflict by leading teacher-training and orchestral workshops.

Avery is also on faculty with American Voices, a US State Department organisation at the forefront of cross-cultural engagement.

He is a recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru Grant to assist and develop music programmes all over India and has worked with students in Goa, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

For details, call 7760789580 or 9611980876.
(Published 02 April 2017, 16:16 IST)

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