SUNY?Fredonia To Hold Annual String Experience In March

FREDONIA – The State University at Fredonia School of Music will hold its annual String Experience for high school string players on Saturday, March 2.

The event includes master classes, performance and practice technique workshops, orchestral reading session, fiddling workshop, faculty concert and reception. Participants will work in small groups with Fredonia’s conservatory-trained artist faculty in a fun, supportive learning environment. Registration is required. The event is free for parents and teachers. Registration is required by Feb. 14 to guarantee space. Online registration is available at

The String Experience is a seminar for high school violinists, violists, cellists and bassists that brings students in contact with Fredonia’s conservatory-trained string faculty. Young musicians will be given the chance to improve performance and practice techniques, interact with other string players and attend a recital with the university’s faculty artists. String players will work in small sessions, developing performance skills, working on issues of stage fright and the audition process, improving technical skills such as shifting, intonation and tone production.

Each year follows a similar format, with different topics providing returning students new and exciting information. The session will include morning master classes, an orchestral reading session led by Dr. David Rudge, orchestra director, which will include college students reading side by side with String Experience participants. Rudge conducts high school all-state orchestras all over the country and brings the perspective of being a string player who is familiar with authentic performance practices for older music. Web links to the music will be sent to all applicants so they can familiarize themselves with their parts. This feature will enable all participants to have a high level playing opportunity, even if they do not perform for the master classes. There will also be workshops in fiddling, improvisation, cello ensembles, and jazz bass playing available earlier in the afternoon.

The Gala Faculty Concert will feature Fredonia’s distinguished faculty members performing chamber works culminating in a performance of Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, including some of the finest School of Music string students.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch on campus. A late fee is added for any registrations received after Feb. 14.

For more information or to register, visit or call the School of Music at 673-3151.