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Honors String Festival Set for Jan. 20-22

More than 50 of the state’s top high school string musicians and dozens of their teachers will attend the first Southeast Honors String Festival, to be held Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-22, at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

The intensive festival is designed to help advanced string students further develop their performance skills in violin, viola, cello and double bass through string orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, performances and master classes with UNCG faculty. The String Teachers Conference will feature workshops on string pedagogy, alternative styles, instrument repair and effective rehearsal techniques.

One major highlight of the festival will be the contributions of Dmitry Sitkovetsky, music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Sitkovetsky will play as soloist with the honors string orchestra, and present a seminar to all the students and teachers in attendance.

“This first-ever Southeast Honors String Festival is a very special event for us,” said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, director of orchestral activities in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, who is coordinating the event. “It gives us the opportunity to bring string students and teachers together from all around the state and region in a way that is totally unique. The festival is really valuable outreach to the string community, and we hope that UNCG becomes their primary resource for string playing and teaching, and for music in general.”

The approximately 50 student participants were selected from a pool of almost 100 applicants from the region based upon nominations from their teachers and their individual experiences.

Student musicians will rehearse and audition for seating on Thursday evening. Friday will have six hours of rehearsals and master classes and an evening chamber music concert by musicians from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. The symphony has provided sponsorship for the festival.

After rehearsals on Saturday morning, the entire event will culminate with a free performance by the advanced string students at 2:30 p.m. in the Aycock Auditorium. Featured selections include the Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar, and Bela Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances arranged for solo violin and strings, with Sitkovetsky as soloist.