Mission: To provide an intensive workshop, master class and performing experience to chamber duos and trios of very dedicated young musicians. To encourage young chamber players to explore thoroughly the historical background and the musical structure of the musical works they are studying.
Sonata and Trio Project participants will be expected to keep up or arrange for a regular coaching schedule with their private teachers or coaches.
Auditions are open to string and wind players and pianists. Preformed duos and trios will be permitted to audition provided a written recommendation by their teacher/coach is attached to the application. Applicants must be at least 13 years old and not older than 18 years old on October 1, 2011. Tuition for the Sonata and Trio Project for the 2011-12 academic year is $550.
All Sonata and Trio Project applicants must submit a completed application form as well as a recommendation by their private lesson teacher (or coach in the case of preformed duos).Completed applications and the teacher recommendation are due by August 27, 2011.
Candidates will be selected based on the submitted applications and invited to audition for the Sonata and Trio Project program. Auditions will be arranged by appointment once the complete application has been received.
Applicants are asked to perform the following for their audition: a scale demonstrating their current technical proficiency (for string players, must go up to at least fourth position; for piano players four octaves are required) ; a sonata form movement or two contrasting pieces of your choice; sight reading a short excerpt of intermediate difficulty.
Members of a preformed ensemble can choose to audition individually or as a group. If they choose to audition as a group, each player will be asked to play the scale and sight read individually, but the piece can be performed by the whole group.
The participation in the Sonata and Trio Project consist of three elements: workshops, master classes and performances. In order to participate fully and productively in the class, students are also expected to rehearse regularly and organize for regular supplemental coachings with their private teachers or a coach.
Upon acceptance into the program, all Sonata Project students must register for the Sonata Project class which consists of 12 workshops. Participating in the Sonata Project requires a full academic year commitment. It is not possible to enroll in the Sonata Project by semesters.
Workshop dates and times will be announced at the beginning of each semester. Workshops are taught at the Levine NW campus.
It is our goal to cover three different style periods through the year. Each duo or trio will be assigned three sonata or trio movements at the beginning of the year. The group’s work on each of those movements in the workshops and their independent coachings will culminate in the master class performances.
Each group will also be required to do research on the background of the composer and the piece they are playing. This research will be demonstrated in short written program notes (100-150 words).
Sonata Project students must attend all workshops, be punctual and demonstrate suitable progress. Teacher concerns will be brought to the attention of the Director of Programs and students may be placed on probation or potentially dismissed from the Sonata and Trio Project depending on the severity of the issue.
Master Classes and Performances
The Levine School Sonata and Trio Project students will participate in three public master classes during the academic year. Master class artists for 2011-2012 are currently being booked. During the 2010-2011 academic year Sonata Project students participated in master classes with world-renowned guest artists such as: Lambert Orkis (piano), Enrique Graf (piano) and Lee Chin Siow(violin) and the Emerson String Quartet. Master class dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed with the guest artists.
Groups that have complied fully with the requirements of the Sonata and Trio Project will be considered for a performance at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. There will also be a final concert of the Sonata and Trio Project groups at the Levine School of Music Kunen Hall.
Additional performances may be scheduled based on availability during the 2011-12 academic year.
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