Dear Viola Friends,
We are beyond thrilled at the return of Viola Day and looking forward to being reunited for the first time in three years!
Our event this year will feature guest artist Ivo van der Werff, Professor of Viola at Rice University and longtime violist of the Medici Quartet. Professor van der Werff has given the viola community a great resource with his Notebook for Violists, a distillation of his studies with the great pedagogue Bruno Giuranna, enriched with his own many years of teaching experience. Ivo will lead us through key exercises in a group warm-up session to begin the day.
We also thought it would be appropriate to have some chamber music! Ivo will join the Fry Street Quartet for a short discussion and performance of Mozart’s masterful Viola Quintet in G minor.
Here in Utah, we are lucky to have an amazing community of local instrument makers, whose work will be demonstrated by Utah Symphony Principal Violist Brant Bayless. If you’re shopping for a viola, curious about violas, or just love to play all the violas you can get your hands on – you’ll have lots to do at Viola Day!
Please help us to spread the word by inviting your friends, family, or students! You can pre-register by renewing your UVS membership here.
We’ll see you there!
Brad Ottesen and your UVS Team
P.S. Alto Clef cookies…
Viola Day 2022 Schedule:
Saturday, October 22 – University of Utah, Gardner Music Building
Registration: $20 Adult/$10 Student, check in at the Main Entrance (President’s Circle).
- 8:30-9:15 Registration: Viola congregation and camaraderie
- 9:15-10:45 Warm up with Ivo! An introductory tour of the Notebook for Violists
- 11:00 Guest Artist Pefformance: Mozart G minor Viola Quintet
- 12:00 Free Pizza Lunch! Hang with your viola pals
- 12:30 Instrument Demonstration: Utah Symphony Principal Violist Brant Bayless
- 1:00 Meet Your Maker: Try out all the violas!
- 2:30-4:30 Guest Artist Masterclass with Ivo van der Werff