Presenters - ESTA Summer School

Kyan Quartet

Kyan Friday 12th August 19:45 to 21:00 Biography: Established in 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Kyan Quartet brings together four exceptional young musicians from the US, Scotland and France.  Winners of the 2021 RAM Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Competition, the Kyan Quartet were praised for their ‘terrific, passionate and inspiring performance’. They are mentored by … Read More

Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music

Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music Tuesday 9 August 19:45 to 21:00 Headline: Helen Dromey is Lead Teacher for Strings at West Sussex Music and Mentor for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She has teaching expertise in individual, small- and large-group settings and is particularly interested in mentorship.  As Leader for Progression Helen organises and helps deliver West Sussex Music’s CPD programme, mentors new teachers, and pursues her own … Read More

Walter Reiter

Walter Reiter

Friday 12 August & Saturday 13 August
5.00pm – 6.00pm

Biography:

Born in England to Viennese parents, Walter Reiter graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and continued his studies in Israel with Prof. Ramy Shevelov, a former Ivan Galamian assistant who later took over Galamian’s chair at The Juilliard School, and in Germany with Prof. Sandor Vegh and Prof. Michael Gaiser. Having studied towards a Master’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Prof. Felix Andreiewsky (former assistant of Prof. Yankelewitch in Moscow) he completed his studies with Prof. Piotr Bondarenko, who had been David Oistrakh’s assistant in Moscow.
After working for three years with Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Menuhin Festival Orchestra,’ as well as with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and several contemporary music groups in Paris, he devoted himself for six years to the intensive teaching of talented children at the Rubin Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem. Many of his students there went on to become professional violinists and violists working as orchestral players and as chamber musicians.
His love for the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries brought him to the study of ‘authentic’ performance practice on period instruments, and this has been his passion ever since.

Presentation:

As someone who has been immersed in the HIP (Historically Informed Performance) movement for some 40 years, I am well aware that many of my colleagues in the teaching profession have inhibitions about entering the HIP world, often simply because the opportunity to explore it has never arisen. I’m delighted to have been asked to hold two mini-workshops at this year’s ESTA Summer School in August. These ‘initiation’ sessions will be open to all string players, and I’m sure participants will find them revealing, informative and fun, and that they will have plenty of questions for me to answer. I shall be providing some baroque bows for a more authentic experience.

HIP has so radically transformed the world of music since the days of my youth, when all-male symphony orchestras played Brandenburg Concertos very slowly and seriously, half a dozen players on each part!  Today’s ‘Period’ orchestras and the ever-increasing number of modern instrument ensembles who are influenced by them will be recruiting our students into their ranks. I hope our brainstorming sessions might open a window on their future world.

Ida Mercer

Ida Mercer Lower Strings

Daily from Tuesday 9 August to Sunday 14 August

Biography:

Ida Mercer is a cello instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University. A founding member of the Cleveland Cello Society, she currently serves as its Executive Director. In that capacity she has collaborated with, among others, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, and Polaris Prize-winning Canadian composer, Owen Pallett, presenting world premieres of their compositions for cello ensemble. From 1998-2021, she was a member of the cello faculty and cellist of the Almeda Trio, ensemble-in-residence at The Music Settlement.

Ida is a cellist in the Cleveland Pops, was a cellist and founding board member of Red {an orchestra}from 2001- 2008 and was Assistant Principal Cellist of the of the Cleveland Opera Orchestra) from 1982 to 2009. She held the same position in the Ohio Chamber Orchestra from 1982 to 2000. Since 1990, Dr. Mercer has been a cellist in the Britt Classical Festival, a summer festival held annually in Jacksonville, Oregon. She is a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellow, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. In June 2009, Dr. Mercer received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Belleville High School West in Belleville, Illinois for her contributions to arts and culture. In 2002, the Ohio String Teacher’s Association named her “Studio Teacher of the Year” for Ohio. Dr. Mercer taught cello and music theory from 1980 to 1982 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music from the Yale University School of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University.  Her principal cello teachers have been Gabor Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris, and Janos Starker. Previously having taught at CIM from 1987-1991, she was reappointed to the CIM faculty in 2006.

Dr. Mercer is a fully certified teacher in Paul Rolland String Pedagogy. First introduced to The Teaching of Action in String Playing in 1976, during her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, Paul Rolland’s string pedagogy class was a revelation to her.  His approach of relating basic stance, left hand, and bow arm techniques to simple movements of daily life brought welcome clarity and new understanding to her cello technique. Behind every beautiful resonating tone on a stringed instrument is input from a freely moving, balanced body and Mr. Rolland’s “actions” clearly explained how to attain that balance. Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Mercer has found these actions bring rigor and focus in both private lesson and group class settings. They are an immensely powerful tool for string teachers.

Presentation:

Paul Rolland String Pedagogy

Ida will present Rolland’s pedagogical ideas from the basics of motion to specifics of left- and right-hand technique, from beginner pedagogy to advanced remedial strategies. Morning and afternoon sessions will each be unique topics, with the two clinicians collaborating together as well as doing individual sessions. There will be additional special sessions for those interested in attaining a Level 1 Endorsement in Paul Rolland Pedagogy.
The Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society has developed a 4-Level Certification for teachers. The 2022 ESTA Summer School course, when completed in full (including special sessions that will take place over the lunchtime), will provide participants with a Level 1 Endorsement.

SCHEDULE

S1. Tuesday 9th August: 17:00 – 18:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Principles of Movement in String Playing

• Understanding the physiology of movements that are free from excessive tension
• Balance, leverage, repetitious movements, beginnings and endings of bow strokes, ballistic movements, string crossings, comfort and ease of expressive sounds
• Bilateral and Unilateral bowing/body movements

S2. Wednesday 10th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Rhythm Training

• The importance of understanding the pulse
• Acting on rests
• Multi-tasking: pulse and rhythm together
• Rhythmic movements in string playing
• Bowing connection to rhythm

S3. Wednesday 10th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Joanne May, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Establishing the Instrument Hold

• Placing the instrument & shaping the left hand
• Securing the instrument without excessive tension
• Instrument position games
• Seated position

S4. Thursday 11th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Establishing the Bow Hold

• Silent preparation, early bow hold
• Regular bow hold – how and when
• Bow calisthenics and balance

S5. Friday 12th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Playing Short Strokes at the Middle

• First bow strokes
• Short détaché and slurred strokes
• Refining the tone

S6. Friday 12th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Joanne May, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Principles of Left Hand and Finger Action

• Silent preparation
• Placing fingers, octave game
• Balance, elevation of hand, thumb placement
• Percussion play, finger pops

S7. Saturday 13th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Shifting

• Short shifts & long shifts from the beginning stages
• Shuttle
• Harmonics
• Winding up
• Stepwise shifts in melody fragments

S8. Saturday 13th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Joanne May, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Extending the Bow Stroke & Bouncing the Bow

• Flying pizzicato, wandering
• Rebound, silent bow transfer
• Silent bounces, glancing the bow
• Ricochet

S9. Sunday 14th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Joanne May) Teaching Vibrato

• Waving & tapping
• Left arm balance
• Tap & hold
• Developing flexibility
• Speed and amplitude of vibrato

Additional topics during lunch sessions:
Bowings: Martelé, Staccato, Sustained and Détaché Bowings Wellness for String Players
Remedial Teaching
Rolland History
Upper and Lower Instrument Specific Sessions, Q&A

Instruction for these sessions is based on the following materials:

• Rolland, Paul. 1974. Teaching of Action in String Playing book and films. Urbana, IL. University of Illinois Research Associates (book updated 2007 by Peter Rolland)
• Fletcher, Stanley. 1971. New Tunes for Strings, Bk. 1 & 2. Boosey & Hawkes. NY
• May, Joanne. 2021. String Technique Development. Unpublished.
• May, Joanne. Joanne May Violin & Viola Videos on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTQgFuDrVXtjzU42KfYKow/videos

Joanne May

Joanne May
Upper Strings

Daily, Tuesday 9 August to Sunday 14 August

Joanne May

Biography:

Joanne May, retired Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Orchestras at Elmhurst University, founded the annual Elmhurst World Music Festival, assisted in writing the course String Improvisation for Educators, sat on search committees for four new string faculty members to the department, and was string advisor to the Music Performance degree development committee. She conducted the Elmhurst University Philharmonic for 10 years, including performances at the Illinois Music Education Conference and in Chicago’s Millennium Park for the Chicago World Music Festival celebrating the 70th anniversary if India’s independence. She also led tours with the orchestra for annual performances throughout the U.S. Prior to teaching at Elmhurst University, May retired from public school teaching with 33 years as teacher of strings, orchestra, band, and general music, and as Music Department Chair at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois.


A student of Paul Rolland for three years at the University of Illinois, May has incorporated Rolland pedagogy into all areas of her teaching. She has presented on Rolland pedagogy at several national and international conferences and is currently a member of the Rolland Certification Committee and serves as Treasurer of the Paul Rolland Pedagogy Society Board of Directors. She has served as President of the Orchestra Division for ILMEA, Illinois ASTA President, National Chair of the ASTA Student Chapter Committee, and National Chair of the Orchestra Council for NAfME. Her awards include the Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by Illinois Music Educators Association, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association, and Teacher Recognition Award for the Presidential Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education.

Presentation:

Paul Rolland String Pedagogy

Joanne will present Rolland’s pedagogical ideas from the basics of motion to specifics of left- and right-hand technique, from beginner pedagogy to advanced remedial strategies. Morning and afternoon sessions will each be unique topics, with the two clinicians collaborating together as well as doing individual sessions. There will be additional special sessions for those interested in attaining a Level 1 Endorsement in Paul Rolland Pedagogy.
The Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society has developed a 4-Level Certification for teachers. The 2022 ESTA Summer School course, when completed in full (including special sessions that will take place over the lunchtime), will provide participants with a Level 1 Endorsement.

SCHEDULE

S1. Tuesday 9th August: 17:00 – 18:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Principles of Movement in String Playing

• Understanding the physiology of movements that are free from excessive tension
• Balance, leverage, repetitious movements, beginnings and endings of bow strokes, ballistic movements, string crossings, comfort and ease of expressive sounds
• Bilateral and Unilateral bowing/body movements

S2. Wednesday 10th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Rhythm Training

• The importance of understanding the pulse
• Acting on rests
• Multi-tasking: pulse and rhythm together
• Rhythmic movements in string playing
• Bowing connection to rhythm

S3. Wednesday 10th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Ida Mercer, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Establishing the Instrument Hold

• Placing the instrument & shaping the left hand
• Securing the instrument without excessive tension
• Instrument position games
• Seated position

S4. Thursday 11th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Establishing the Bow Hold

• Silent preparation, early bow hold
• Regular bow hold – how and when
• Bow calisthenics and balance

S5. Friday 12th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Playing Short Strokes at the Middle

• First bow strokes
• Short détaché and slurred strokes
• Refining the tone

S6. Friday 12th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Ida Mercer, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Principles of Left Hand and Finger Action

• Silent preparation
• Placing fingers, octave game
• Balance, elevation of hand, thumb placement
• Percussion play, finger pops

S7. Saturday 13th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Shifting

• Short shifts & long shifts from the beginning stages
• Shuttle
• Harmonics
• Winding up
• Stepwise shifts in melody fragments

S8. Saturday 13th August: 15:00 – 16:30 Co-presentation with Ida Mercer, then split into separate upper string/lower string presentations
Extending the Bow Stroke & Bouncing the Bow

• Flying pizzicato, wandering
• Rebound, silent bow transfer
• Silent bounces, glancing the bow
• Ricochet

S9. Sunday 14th August: 09:30 – 11:00 (Co-presentation with Ida Mercer) Teaching Vibrato

• Waving & tapping
• Left arm balance
• Tap & hold
• Developing flexibility
• Speed and amplitude of vibrato

Additional topics during lunch sessions:
Bowings: Martelé, Staccato, Sustained and Détaché Bowings Wellness for String Players
Remedial Teaching
Rolland History
Upper and Lower Instrument Specific Sessions, Q&A

Instruction for these sessions is based on the following materials:

• Rolland, Paul. 1974. Teaching of Action in String Playing book and films. Urbana, IL. University of Illinois Research Associates (book updated 2007 by Peter Rolland)
• Fletcher, Stanley. 1971. New Tunes for Strings, Bk. 1 & 2. Boosey & Hawkes. NY
• May, Joanne. 2021. String Technique Development. Unpublished.
• May, Joanne. Joanne May Violin & Viola Videos on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtTQgFuDrVXtjzU42KfYKow/videos


Janet Munro

Janet Munro
Singing

Daily, Wednesday 10 August to Sunday 14 August
8.30 am to 9.15 am

Janet Munroe

Biography:

After studying singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the RCS, and the Royal Academy of Music Janet Munro had a career as a professional singer working for companies such as Kent Opera and the New D’Oyly Carte Opera Company while giving concerts and recitals throughout the UK and abroad.

She returned to education to study for BA in Music Education at Middlesex University and some years later a MA in Music Education at the Institute of Education now part of UCL. At present Janet is a lecturer and module leader at the Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she teaches singing in both the senior and junior departments.  She also works on several academic  programmes  as a lecturer including the BMus, MMus and the Teaching Musician. Previously she has worked as a mentor for the CTABRSM and recently contributed to the development of the Essentials online  course run by the Association of Teachers of Singing for aspiring singing teachers.

Janet is passionate about  vocal pedagogy especially aspects which support student learning and has presented papers at several international conferences on singing. Many of her students have won scholarships and prizes as well as gaining places for further study  at all the major conservatoires.

Presentation:

Singing for Non-Singers

Singing is a universal human activity which gives great pleasure to many people across the world. Yet some people, including  music  teachers lack confidence when faced with singing in front of students. I believe that everyone no matter their level of expertise can improve their singing voice.  In this session we will look at tips and strategies for improving your own singing voice as well as helping your students develop confidence in their singing. Topics covered will include breathing and breath management, warm-ups  to improve pitch and range and advice on maintaining  good vocal health in both singing and speaking voices as well as learning songs from several different genres.

Steve Bingham

Steve Bingham

Welcome play session & Polish string repertoire

Tuesday 9 August & Wednesday 10 August
3.00pm to 4.30 pm & 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Biography:

Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire. The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. Steve has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. Steve is also a conductor of some repute and is currently principal conductor of Ely Sinfonia, the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Ad Hoc Sinfonia. In the field of world music Steve has collaborated with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). Steve also plays live with No-Man, the progressive art-rock duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson. In recent years Steve is much in demand providing violin backing for many different artists and styles, from folk singer-songwriter ballads to prog rock! Steve is internationally renowned for his solo violin recitals, where he mixes acoustic pieces with livelooped electric violin arrangements in his own unique way. Steve has released four solo albums, “Duplicity”, “Ascension”, “Third” and “The Persistence Of Vision”, alongside many single tracks. Steve’s interests include ornithology, photography and Celtic knotwork.

Presentation:

Welcome play session

For our opening ensemble session there’s a chance to meet the ESTA (UK) team and your fellow Summer School delegates over a stand-full of string music! There might even be a chance to have a go at conducting…. Phil Aird, Steve Bingham and Sheila Holdsworth will be there to answer your questions about ESTA (UK), the Summer School, or anything else string-related, and we’ll be playing a variety of string music – both familiar and unfamiliar – under the baton of Steve. There will be a chance for volunteers to conduct a movement or two, and if you have any pieces you’d like the group to try out – perhaps to see if they’d be suitable for your school or adult ensemble, or just because you’ve never had a chance to play them! – please either bring along a full set of parts or let Steve know in advance so that he can source a set (editor@estastrings.org.uk). This is a relaxed, fun session that we hope everyone will join in with. A great way to get to know everyone at the start of a week of exciting concerts and presentations!

Polish string repertoire

Steve Bingham will present music from Poland in this session about discovering new and exciting teaching repertoire. Having recorded several video tutorials in Krakow, in autumn 2021, for Polish publisher PWM Edition, Steve will talk about some of the composers represented by PWM, including fairly well known names such as Grażyna Bacewicz, but also covering interesting pedagogical works by Ewa Iwan, Roman Statkowski and others. Although mainly about violin repertoire this session will touch on other string music from PWM, and aims to provide some new and unusual repertoire for students of all abilities.


Helen Dromey

Helen Dromey Daily from Wednesday 10 August to Sunday 14 August11.30 am to 1 pm Biography: Helen is Course Leader for ESTA’s PGCert in String Teaching. She was Lead Teacher for Strings for West Sussex Music until 2019, when she embarked on her PhD research into string pedagogy at the University of York. Helen has a wealth of experience of … Read More