Virtuosi of Houston hosted the 9thAnnual Small Ensemble Summer Workshop for a group of young musicians ages 10 to 18. The faculty instructors for the workshop were professional musicians from the Fidelis Quartet. The ensemble consists of violinists Rodica Gonzalez and Mihaela Frusina, violistWei Jiang and cellist Jeffrey Butler who are also musicians with .the Houston Symphony. Additionally, professional musicians from the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera also assisted in the workshop: violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, violist Dawson White, cellist Wendy Smith-Butler and bassist Curry Duffey.
The purpose of the workshop is to offer the opportunity for training to any young musician in small ensemble performance plusintroduce the Virtuosi of Houston degree of professionalism and quality to new students that may have an interest in audition for the Virtuosi of Houston orchestra. The workshop also provided classes in Music Theory, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Solfeggio and Deportment.
The two-week workshop culminated in a recital concert where each of the small ensemble quartets perform their quartet piece they had worked on during the workshop. The recital was hosted at the Virtuosi of Houston’s studio at Memorial City Mall. In addition each ensemble had the opportunity to perform again as the preconcert entertainment at the Texas Music Festival at University of Houston’s Moores Opera House.
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ABOUT VIRTUOSI OF HOUSTON
Virtuosi of Houston is a young artist’s chamber orchestra ages 11 to 18. In this our nineteenth season they come from 32 different schools, and from four counties. They play at an exemplary level about 80% pursue a career in music and 100% attend college. Virtuosi alumni are all over the world. We have a first chair cello at the Hamburg Symphony, a principal and solo flautist at the Luxemburg Symphony and a professor of cello at a New Hampshire college. There are numerous alumni in music education and others who have successful careers in performance.
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