Arizona Violacademy

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Arizona Violacademy

January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A Program Offering Intensive Viola Playing and Exceptional Instruction

Nancy Buck, Artistic Director

Louis Privitera, Educational Coordinator


Calling all violists! Join us for The Arizona Violacademy, a program offering intensive viola playing and exceptional instruction for students aged 11-19. Participants will improve their individual technique, perform in guest master class and/or mock college audition sessions, have an opportunity to take a mini-private lesson, attend a viola recital and perform together in the finale festival viola ensemble piece.

Students will register for one of the following groups that best represents their playing level:

Level 1: Beginning Level  

(Students in their first 2 years of playing)

Level 2: Intermediate level

(Students comfortable with 2 octave scales and fluent in 3rd position)

Level 3: Advanced Level

(High School Students preparing Regional & All-State Excerpts and 3 octave scales)


Anticipated Schedule 

9:00-9:55 Viola ensemble rehearsal

10:00-11:25 Split into Levels 1, 2, & 3

11:30-12:25 Masterclass with Dr. Molly Gebrian

12:30-1:25 LUNCH (provided)

1:30-2:00 Viola ensemble rehearsal

2:15 Student and Faculty recital (Open to the public)




Nancy Buck – Arizona State University


Louis Privitera -Tetra String Quartet

Violist Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. Her principal teachers include Peter Slowik, Carol Rodland, James Dunham, and Garth Knox. Molly completed her DMA in viola performance at Rice University and she also holds graduate degrees from NEC, and Bachelors degrees from Oberlin College, in both viola performance and neuroscience. She has published papers on music and the brain in The Strad, the Journal of the American Viola Society, Frontiers in Psychology, and Flute Talk Magazine, and is a frequent presenter on the topic. She joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2019, after teaching for five years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Allyson Wuenschel – Arizona School for the Arts

Cicely Brazier – Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Mesa Academy


January 11, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Arizona State University
50 E Gammage Pkwy
Temp, AZ 85281 United States