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Fall Workshop

September 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


ASTA-AZ Fall Workshop/UA String Symposium at the University of Arizona, Fox School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Rd. Tucson, AZ. Room 232.
Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019 (8:30am – 4pm, UA String Symposium ends with Arizona Symphony Orchestra Concert in the evening) 

Free Event for All String Teachers, however please register for the event. (See below)

There will be a special drawing to win sheet music by Soon Hee Newbold at the Reading Session for ASTA Members. Not member yet? Please Join ASTA today!  There will be a drawing for students, we are giving away, one year ASTA student membership to 2 students (During ASTA general membership meeting 1:30pm -2:00pm)

Professional Development Hours, will be given to school teachers who registered for the workshop. (At the end of the Reading Session)

8:30        Registration

9:00        Soon Hee Newbold Session “Picking the Perfect Piece” in 232
10:00     Soon Hee Newbold Session “Composing/Arranging specifically for Strings” in 232
11:00     Molly Gebrian Session “Music and the Brain” in 232
12:00     Lunch on your own. List of places: http://www.maingatesquare.com/merchants/
1:00        Soon Hee Newbold with all High School students in Crowder Hall
1:30        ASTA General Membership Meeting in 232
2:00        Soon Hee Newbold Session “Conducting Clinic” in 232
2:00        Orchestra Clinics with Thomas Cockrell in Crowder Hall
2:00        Private Teachers Round table Discussion in 170, Danica Terzic, Alice Vierra, Michelle Abraham, Leaders
3:00        Soon Hee Newbold Reading Session  (ASTA-AZ Workshop ends by 4pm)

4:15 -5:45      Master Classes and Technique Sessions by the University of Arizona String Faculty
Timothy Kantor (violin)
Lauren Roth (violin)
Molly Gerbrian (viola)
Theodore Buchholz (cello)
Philip Alejo (bass) 

Dinner Break
7:30        Arizona Symphony Concert in Crowder Hall (Tickets Required, Comp tickets available for ASTA-AZ Workshop/UA String Symposium attendees, as of 9/14, request closed, but you may ask about tickets on 9/21 to see if we have any left)

Guest Clinicians

Soon Hee Newbold was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted as an infant by the Newbold family.  She spent her childhood, along with two sisters, in Frederick, Maryland. Soon Hee began playing piano at age five and violin at age seven.  She won many prestigious competitions and performed as a concert artist at an early age.  As a soloist and in professional orchestras throughout the world, Ms. Newbold has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Disney World, Aspen, and Tanglewood and in countries like Scotland, England, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. In high school, Soon Hee’s interests included science, languages, and drama.  She studied German, French, and Russian and completed an internship in AIDS and Cancer research at the National Institute of Health in Ft. Detrick, Maryland.  Ms. Newbold received her Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University where she concentrated on film scoring, orchestration, and audio production. Upon graduation, Soon Hee worked in entertainment for Walt Disney World as a contractor, stage manager, and professional musician as well as performing in the various symphonies in Florida.  She also produced albums and wrote for many recording projects and ensembles.  As an actress, Soon Hee expanded her experiences to film and television.  She got her first break in the film, “The Waterboy,” starring Adam Sandler, and first television role in the family comedy, “Camp Tanglefoot.” Sadly, Ms. Newbold’s mother was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a terminal, devastating genetic neurological illness for which there is little treatment and no cure.  Soon Hee wrote the popular song “Endless Dreams,” and dedicated it to those affected by Huntington’s to spread awareness and hope. Soon Hee Newbold currently works in Southern California with her husband.  She is involved in many film, television, and commercial projects as a producer, actress, composer, and musician.  Published through the FJH Music Company, Soon Hee’s compositions can be heard around the world in film, orchestras, and other performing groups.  Outside of work, Ms. Newbold enjoys martial arts and weapons training and has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kigumdo.

Picking the Perfect Piece:Create a dynamic concert for your next performance by picking the perfect piece for your ensemble.  Learn what makes a performance successful, get recommended resources, and become a “hit” with your students and audience.

Composing/Arranging Specifically for Strings
Composer Soon Hee Newbold shares her insights on the composition process and provides specific tips when writing for strings.  Get advice on getting started in the composition world and unveil the mystery of the publishing process.
Conducting Clinic
Bring your wands or batons and have a bit of fun with some basic conducting techniques starting with the intimidating preparatory ictus and moving on to some advanced skills with mixed meters.
Reading Session
Sponsored by the FJH Music Company, Inc., bring your instruments and play through newly released string orchestra pieces and some of Soon Hee’s personal favorites over the years.  Various selections will include grade 1 through grade 5 in difficulty.

Molly Gerbrian, Assistant Professor of Viola, University of Arizona

Violist Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. Her love of contemporary music has led her to collaborate with many composers, often in premieres of works written for her. She has worked closely with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Boulez for performances at the Lucerne Festival and she spent the 2011/2012 academic year in Paris to undertake an intensive study of contemporary music with violist/composer Garth Knox. Her other principal teachers include Peter Slowik, Carol Rodland, and James Dunham. Molly completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and also holds graduate degrees in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and Bachelors degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, in both viola performance and neuroscience. She served as the Assistant Director for two interdisciplinary conferences on music and the brain while at Rice, has published papers dealing with music and neuroscience in the Journal of the American Viola SocietyFrontiers in PsychologyFlute TalkMagazine, and The Strad. Her background in neuroscience gives her unique insight into how the brain learns and how musicians can best use this information to their advantage in the practice room. Given this expertise, she is a frequent presenter on topics having to do with music and neuroscience at conferences and universities in the US and abroad. Since 2014, she has taught viola and music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and will be joining the faculty at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2019.

What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing From Current Brain Research

Session Description: This presentation will focus on what neuroscientists have discovered about how our brains learn and how to apply these insights to practicing and teaching so that practicing becomes more efficient and effective, leading to enhanced performance ability, enjoyment, and confidence. Topics include: how to get rid of bad habits, how to make things automatic/reliable, the role of sleep in learning, the power of mental practicing, how to use the metronome to greatest effect, and the benefits of random practice for enhanced performance.



September 21, 2019
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


ASTA AZ/Unversity of Arizona School of Music


University of Arizona
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States