Learn the Viola in a Day! (8 hours, that is…) No Joke!

L’Alto: Viola Club at The University of Utah is proud to present “Learn the Viola in a Day! (8 Hours, that is!)…No Joke!,” a comprehensive technique workshop with legendary violist Alan de Veritch.

Although the title of this workshop may appear a bit incredulous, the truth is that Alan de Veritch has indeed found an efficient and effective way to simplify and streamline viola/violin technique into a “system” which enables one to consistently draw on the instrumental basics when confronted with any level of technical challenge. Broken down into eight 1-hour progressive lessons, Professor de Veritch has used this approach and method as the basis of his teaching for many years. His method is centered on making the “unnatural” (playing the viola!) seem as natural as possible. Additionally, “The System” creates a template that one can use with their own students as one develops their own teaching style. It is material that is easily transferable to violin students as the materials are readily available. It is also material that is extremely flexible and can be adjusted for any age student.

While “The de Veritch System” has typically served as the first eight lessons for each of his private student’s, Alan has only, on rare occasions, presented this material in a workshop setting. Please join us for this enlightening and unique technique exploration!

Saturday November 16 Professor de Veritch will cover lessons 1-4. Lessons 5-8 will be covered the following Saturday, November 23.

Bring your instruments and work alongside the University of Utah Viola Club, or just audit the workshop and take notes! Drop in as you are able and stay as long as you like.

Materials covered will be Schradieck Books 1, 2, 3, Carl Flesch Scale System, and Kreutzer etudes. We will have handouts as well.


University of Utah School of Music Room 270 (November 16) and 324 (November 23).

When: November 16, 10am-12pm, lunch break 90 minutes, 1:30-3:30 Room 270, and November 23, 9:30-11:30am, lunch break 60 minutes, 12:30-2:30 Room 324

Please RSVP to Julie Edwards (JulieEdwardsViola(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)Gmail.com) if you are interested in attending!

THANK YOU to the University of Utah FAF Grants for making this workshop possible.

Alan de Veritch

Johansen-Livengood Trio in concert

The Johansen-Livengood Trio is presenting a concert of viola, clarinet, and piano works on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm in Dumke Recital Hall at the University of Utah. Carl Johansen and Lee and Melissa Livengood will perform works by Bruch and Piazolla. See you there!

January Viola Events at the University of Utah-You’re all invited!

Dear Utah Viola Society,
The University of Utah has a brand new Viola Club! Welcome to the world, L’Alto! L’Alto is hosting two (count’em, two!) amazing guest artists at the University of Utah this month.

Professor Katherine Murdock will be offering a masterclass at the University of Utah on January 16, 2019 at 2pm, Room 318. Professor Murdock is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland. If you aren’t able to attend this wonderful class at the U of U, she will also be offering an open masterclass at BYU on January 17, 2019 from 5-7pm, location TBD.

Both of these masterclasses are free and open to the public.

Dr. Molly Gebrian will be visiting the University of Utah January 22-23. Dr. Gebrian is Assistant Professor of Viola and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She will be presenting a lecture, masterclass, and recital as part of her visit. Her lecture entitled “What Musicians Can Learn about Current Brain Research” will be Tuesday, January 22 in David Gardner Hall at the University of Utah in Room 270 (“the choir rehearsal room”) at 4:10pm. The masterclass will be in Dumke Recital Hall at 6:15pm. On January 23, Dr. Gebrian will be featured with her partner pianist/percussionist Danny Holt performing Trios for Two.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Join us!

We are so grateful to the University of Utah College of Fine Arts and FAF Grants, and L’Alto: Viola Club @ U of U for making these events possible! Special shout-outs to the officers of the club: President Katherine Deneris, and officers Tara Hoellein and Rachel Dodge for their work organizing these two events. Bravi, tutti!

(If you want to keep track of what L’Alto: Viola Club @ U of U is doing, you can join their Facebook group!)

Membership! Join or renew today!

We are counting down the days until Viola Day 2018! (for those of you keeping track at home, it’s only 16 days away!)

Your support of the Utah Viola Society means that we can continue to bring you amazing guest artists and recitalists every year for our signature Viola Day events. This year’s Guest Artist is Brant Bayless, Principal Viola of the Utah Symphony. He will also be performing with his small band, The Teton Trio.

Personally, I think that’s worth the membership, but there is more…a lot more!

You’ll also receive admittance to our annual Members’ Recital. Our Members’ Recitals feature soloist level performances by violists who, like you, are members of the Utah Viola Society, and live and work here in Utah. You won’t believe what kind of viola talent we have here in Utah until you see one of these recitals. SAVE THE DATE! Our Members Recital is Sunday, February 10, Dumke Recital Hall, 3pm.

BONUS! There’s a bonus event this year that you will not want to miss…the details can’t be revealed just yet, but it’s going to be so deeply alto clef you won’t want to miss it. Watch this space for more information, or sign up for our newsletter! (Sign up for the newsletter and blog post alerts on the sidebar of our homepage!)

Additionally, if you are a member, we can help you sell your instrument, help you find an instrument, publicize your recital or viola event, help you find a teacher or meet a new student, and unite you with other like-minded violists in Utah.

Join or renew today! You can use PayPal, you can mail a check, or you can pay on Viola Day. Do you have a large studio that you’d like to bring? Sign them all up for a studio discount!

And finally, no words needed:





Fanfare for the Common Violist! Many thanks to Scot Singpiel for his recording and video editing work!

Recorded October 14, 2017 as part of Viola Day 2017 at the University of Utah.