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Arizona Violacademy

January 12, 2022 All day


  It is with tremendous disappointment that I write to you today, letting you know that we have decided to postpone AZ Violacademy event at ASU. Due to various factors, it seems prudent to hold off on this event out of an abundance of caution, certainly as the positivity rate of COVID-19 and its variants keeps rising steadily. When a future date has been set for the next Violacademy, you will be the first to know. For those who have already registered: Please also allow us 10 business days to begin the process of issuing refunds for any paid registration fees. I hope you will consider attending one of these various events in the weeks ahead, where the viola is featured prominently: Sunday, January 16, 3 pm  – Walton Viola Concerto with the West Valley Symphony (Cal Kellogg, conductor, Nancy Buck, soloist) The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N Parkview Pl, Surprise, AZ Sunday, March 13, 3 pm – Bach Brandenburg 6 with the Arizona Bach Festival (Christopher McKay and Nancy Buck, soloists) All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ Saturday, March 26, 10am – Jeffrey Irvine Viola and Chamber Music Master Class, ASU School of Music  



On the campus of ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre

3rd Floor Classrooms, Gammage Auditorium (enter by the north doors, toward the back of the auditorium, take stairs or elevator to 3rd floor)


Nancy Buck, Artistic Director

Brooke Mickelson and Nicole Allen, Administrative Co-Directors

Allyson Wuenschel, Cicely Brazier, Educational Program Directors

Louis Privitera, Featured Guest Artist



Early bird discount December 4-15 ($40)

December 15-December 31 ($50)

January 1-5 ($60)

After January 5 on-site registration ONLY ($100)  

Students will be grouped into 3 levels by playing experience:

Level 1 – 1-2 years of viola experience, 1st position basics

Level 2 – 3-4 years of viola experience, ability to shift to 3rd position

Level 3 – more than 4 years of viola experience, reads treble clef, shifts up to 5th position and beyond

All levels will participate in group ensemble, observe a solo master class, and learn some exciting extended techniques and new repertoire. Sessions on yoga, improvisation and finding your creative voice will be offered. Box lunch will be provided.

Students will end the day with a play-in performance for their family and friends.


Schedule of AZ Violacademy:


9:00 Registration

9:15 Group Ensemble/Activity I

10:30 Level Breakout Sessions

11:15 Activity Session II

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Viola Master Class with Louis Privitera

1:30 Group Ensemble/Activity III

2:00 Level Breakout Sessions

2:45 Play In/Final Performance

This is an event that will be held in person; face masks will be required to be worn for all indoor activities. AZ Violacademy may choose to cancel this event should it be impossible to hold this in person.



  unnamed Nancy Buck – Artistic Director, Arizona State University   _mg_4391-1 Louis Privitera – Featured Guest Artist, Formerly Tetra String Quartet     mg_4925-213x300 Allyson Wuenschel – Educational Program Director, Arizona School for the Arts   Cicely Brazier – Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Mesa Academy


January 12, 2022

Arizona State University

50 E Gammage Pkwy
Temp, AZ 85281 United States