Violas Unite!

November 10, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $45 per person. Register now!

Registration Deadline: October 31, 2018

Join the NIU Viola Studio and Professor Anthony Devroye of the Avalon String Quartet for an evening celebrating all things viola.  Meet other violists and viola lovers from the region, take part in workshops on technique and musical interpretation, learn about the life and teaching of a major 20th-century violist, and listen to and play in an all-viola recital.  Bring your viola, prepare your part, and open your eyes and ears, we’ll take care of all the rest (including feeding you dinner).  

Ideal for high school and undergraduate viola students, also amateur players and students of all ages. 

Schedule: Saturday, November 10, 4:00-9:00pm 

3:00       Tour of the NIU Music Building (optional) and check-in 

4:00       Warm-Up: technical exercises and concepts (participatory) 

5:00       Interpreting Bach: Master class (see registration form if you are interested in playing) 

6:00       Remembering Michael Tree (1934-2018): reflections on a revered figure in the viola world 

6:45       Violas United ensemble rehearsal (music available upon registration) 

7:15       Dinner (included for participants; guests welcome at additional charge – see registration form) 

8:00       Viola Studio Recital including Violas United! 

About the NIU Viola Studio: The Northern Illinois University School of Music offers BM degrees in Music Performance and Music Education, a Master of Music (MM), and a Performer’s Certificate (PC). Recent students have hailed from Chicago, northern Illinois, Minnesota, California, Arizona, Spain and South Korea. Alumni have pursued further study (including at the doctoral level) at major universities; teach privately and in schools, including at the college level; and perform in professional ensembles in Chicago and beyond. Viola students at NIU play in the NIU Philharmonic and study chamber music under the tutelage of the Avalon String Quartet, NIU’s ensemble in residence. Rigorous coursework in music is complemented by the full spectrum of offerings from NIU’s seven colleges on the 20,000-student Dekalb campus. 

About Professor Anthony Devroye

Anthony Devroye enjoys a varied and active career as chamber, orchestral and solo violist and teacher.  He has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004, and viola faculty at the Northern Illinois University School of Music since 2007.  Mr. Devroye has performed with the quartet at major venues throughout the United States, as well as in France and South Korea.  He has taught at the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, the Icicle Creek Music Center, and Madeline Island Music Camp; and has given masterclasses at UCLA, BYU, DePaul, and the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Devroye’s orchestral experience includes numerous performances with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and other leading conductors.  For two years he played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004.  Additional orchestral performances include the New York Philharmonic and Chicago’s Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra and Music of the Baroque.

Mr. Devroye holds a BA in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Starr Foundation Scholarship while pursuing concurrent viola studies at the Juilliard School.  He received a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music as a Bok Foundation Fellowship recipient.  In 2005 he won First Prize at the Julio Cardona International String Competition in Portugal.  His viola teachers have included Michael Tree, Roberto Diaz, Toby Appel and Heidi Castleman.

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Music Building, room 132

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