Side-By-Side Concert with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra:
SMSF 2017 Participants will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra. Rehearsal and an ice-cream social will take place on Tuesday night at SMSU. The following evening the the SMO summer concert will take place at the Liberty Park Band Shell.
SMO Summer Concert: Wednesday July 25th at 7:00pm at the Liberty Park Band Shell, Marshall MN
Masterclass with: Käthe Jarka, Cellist & Alexander Technique Teacher
Chamber groups and cellist's will have the opportunity to perform for guest clinician Käthe Jarka and receive feedback and coaching on Thursday July 26th at 11:00am and 1:00pm in the Fine Arts Building at SMSU. The Masterclass is generously sponsored by StringWorks.
Käthe Jarka is a graduate of The American Center for the Alexander Technique and of the Juilliard School. She did extensive post-graduate work with John Nicholls and with Pedro de Alcantara, author of Indirect Procedures, a Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique. In addition to an active performing and teaching career as a cellist she has a large practice in the Alexander Technique in New York City, with an emphasis on the performing arts. Käthe has served on numerous faculties, including ATNYC ( Alexander Technique New York City), where she taught Alexander teacher-trainees, The Neighborhood Playhouse, where she worked with young actors, and Mannes College Preparatory Division, where she taught young cellists. She has presented Alexander workshops for musicians at Yale University, Mannes College, The University of Minnesota, The Manhattan School of Music, New York University, The Harttt School, The New York Youth Symphony and the School for Strings in New York. She has twice been invited to work with the musicians of the Guanajuato Symphony in Mexico and has taught at the Gloppen Music Festival in Norway as well as workshops in Hidden Valley, California and at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and workshops for the US Air Force Band.
Hailed by Fanfare magazine for his “richly textured tone” and an ability to “weave a magic spell”, violist Korey Konkol has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Latin and South America with extensive solo, chamber and orchestral appearances to his credit. As violist of the Twin Cities-based Ensemble Capriccio, one of only several professional string trios in the world, he was awarded the first annual McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Performing Artists in 1997. Korey has frequently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Bakken Trio having also served as principal violist with the Ann Arbor, Peoria, and Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestras. Many compositions have been written for and recorded by Konkol, including works by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Stephen Paulus, João Guilherme Ripper, Randall Davidson, Judith Zaimont and John Tartaglia.
Konkol has garnered numerous prestigious awards throughout an illustrious teaching and performing career including the American Viola Society Founders Award for his Herculean efforts as Host and Chair of the XXXII International Viola Congress held in 2004. Konkol was honored as the 2006 William Primrose Artist of the Year after presenting a recital and master class at Brigham Young University, Utah. Konkol joined the SPCO as a guest musician for its 2005-2006 season and soloed with a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. More recently, Korey’s outstanding teaching was recognized and celebrated through the Minnesota Strings & Orchestra Teachers Association (MNSOTA) Master Teacher Studio Award. Konkol's own students have placed in major competitions and many hold positions in professional orchestras, string quartets and/or teach at distinguished institutions across the country.
Appointed Professor of Viola at the University of Minnesota in 1992, Korey is currently head of the School of Music’s string division. Before coming to Minnesota, he was a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Having studied with luminary pedagogues Walter Trampler, Eugene Lehner, and Roland Vamos, Konkol holds degrees from Western Illinois University and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with academic honors and distinction in performance.
Summer 2016 our guest clinician was violinist Stephanie Arado.
Violinist Stephanie Arado’s career encompasses a wide range of performance and teaching experience. Ms. Arado began her violin studies at the age of five and played her first solo recital when she was eight. Since her debut with the Chicago Symphony as a 12 year old, Ms. Arado has performed as soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, including the Detroit, St. Louis, and Minnesota Orchestras. Ms. Arado spent 22 years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and also served as Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony. In 2012, Ms. Arado resigned from her position with the Minnesota Orchestra to devote more time to teaching and chamber music. Ms Arado has participated in chamber music festivals both nationally and internationally and has had the privilege to perform with such masters as Paul Tortelier, Joseph Silverstein, and Yuri Bashmet. A recipient of a McKnight Foundation Grant for Performing Artists, Ms. Arado maintains a private teaching studio in Minneapolis and is an Artistic Director of the Bakken Trio, a chamber music consortium she has performed with since 1991.
Summer 2015 our guest clinician was cellist Tanya Remenikova. She has inspired critical acclaim during her 40-year international performing career. Reviews from around the world describe her "impassioned approach" to cello playing as having an "elegant, singing tone," "expressive radiancy," "sonority," and "lustre."
Performances have brought her to the major halls in music capitals around the world: London, Moscow, Jerusalem, Brussels, Bonn, Frankfurt, Florence, Taipei, Shanghai. Remenikova has been soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Orchestre Nationale de Belgique, among others. In the United States, recital performances have taken her to New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Kansas City, Houston, San Francisco and the Aspen Music Festival.
Remenikova's recordings of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Britten are on the DDF and Sound Star Tone labels. Her concert performances have been broadcast in several countries on networks such as the BBC in London, BRT-RTB in Brussels, WFMT in Chicago, WQXR in New York City, National Public Radio, and American Public Radio on such nationally broadcast programs as Saint Paul Sunday Morning.
Professor and chamber music coach on the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Music since 1976, Remenikova has attracted students from all over the world. As a teacher, she relies on her own thorough training in music, both as cellist and pianist. Before she became a student of the world renowned Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, Remenikova studied with Valentin Berlinsky, a member of the renowed Borodin Quartet.
An avid chamber music player, she performs regularly with the Saint Paul-based Hill House Chamber Players. She also appeared in the Barge Chamber Music Series in New York and with the Karlsruhe Trio in Germany. She has given master classes in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and premiered a number of new compositions, including a work dedicated to her by Judith Zaimont, "Tanya" Poems for Cello Solo.
She is a recipient of 2007 Master Teacher Studio Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.