Each summer, Brandeis University welcomes talented violinists from around the country to participate in the Aston Magna at Brandeis University Summer Music Workshops. These talented musicians participate in a six-day intensive workshop focused on the solo violin works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but touches on other music and on general performance issues for violinists.
During this intensive, students are treated to private coaching, private practicing, complimentary communal group lunches, master classes, lecture demonstrations, a group visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Musical Instrument Collection, and admission to rehearsals of the Aston Magna professional concerts. The week concludes with a participants’ concert at week’s end.
The summer Unaccompanied Bach Workshop for violinists is under the direction of Mr. Daniel Stepner. Mr. Stepner is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, and is in residence at Brandeis University, where he is Professor of the Practice in the Brandeis Music Department. He also teaches at Harvard University, where he is a Preceptor in Music and team-teaches a course with Robert Levin. He is also Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival.
Participants from previous years have praised the program:
“The intensity of a coaching session every day and the follow-through/consistency which this allowed was a very special opportunity”
— Georgia L., violinist and musicologist
“It was a special treat to have intense one-on-one lessons with Prof. Stepner. I studied everything from the dynamics of voicing, the drama of harmonic phrasing, and chromatic fingerings especially helpful in solo Bach — to bowings and small technical points that can make a performance stylistically convincing. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their understanding and performance of Bach’s solo music.”
— Lisa P., emerging professional violinist
The Unaccompanied Bach Workshop for violinists is open to students, serious amateurs or professionals. The program is currently accepting applications and audition recordings from violinists at: http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/workshops/violin.html