Monday, June 28, 2010

Lamar Stringfield Summer String Camp and NS Design Instruments

Hi all! Today, just a quick note about the Lamar Stringfield String Camp and NS Design Instruments.

For the past two weeks, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC has been hosting the Lamar Stringfield String Camp, a day camp for students to focus on string playing, technique, and ensemble playing. Students may attend for 1 or 2 weeks and the camp is open to students ranging in age from early elementary students through high school age students.

As part of the final concert on Friday, Orchestra Conductor, Kirk Moss programmed a really cool funk tune called Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (By Josef Zawinul, arranged by Bert Ligon, and published by Latham Music) that includes several open sections for improvisation. Kirk invited me to play on the tune and opened it up for student solos as well. As part of that performance, my son, Matt (in the photo on the right), and violinist Jacob Henderson (in the photo on the left) jumped in on the fun and performed improvised solos on their NS Design Wav violins. The performances was really well-received and the Wavs were perfect for the guys.

Thanks to NS Design for making such great instruments and making performances like this possible for so many!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Universal Online

Hey all -
I have added a new blog to my blog list. It is The Universal Online. It is an online radio show, hosted by Tom Maxwell, formerly of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. My friend, Thom Canova will be engineering the project. Tom will be interviewing musicians on the show and has started with the Old Ceremony and then did a fantastic interview with my friends, Lost in the Trees. I had the pleasure of working in the studio with Tom a little over a year ago as part of a string quartet. It was a fun experience and I love the spirit of this project. I hope that you will check it out!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

String positions!

For my friends in string education:

New Hanover County, NC (Wilmington area) is undergoing some changes and movement this year. They have opened a new middle school and will be obtaining a new orchestra position for the fall! They also have a vacancy at Hoggard High School in NHCS. Although the position postings have been put into processing, they won't actually post until July. The arts supervisor has given us all the official "go ahead" to send out the word.

The jobs that will be available will most likely be:
Noble Middle School (close to Wrightsville Beach) and Holly Shelter Middle School (Castle Hayne)
Both orchestras will have enrollments of around 50 each. Holly Shelter is a new facility with a small 300 seat auditorium; Noble has great parental support and has the highest academic achievement in the county. This program needs someone energetic and committed to continue growth.

Myrtle Grove Middle School (Monkey Junction area) and E. Ashley High School (Carolina Beach)
The middle school orchestra has an enrollment of around 50 students and the high school has enrollment of close to 70 students. Myrtle Grove MS is a program that is still growing and needs continued support. Ashley High School is an impressive facility and the school is attached to a 1,000 seat auditorium. I've heard the administration at AHS is very supportive of the arts.

If you know anyone interested, they need to apply online with NCDPI and send resumes to Georgeann Haas, Arts Education Supervisor. Teachers love their job there, and they are really supported. Local benefits and salary schedules can be found at

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


For those of you that check out my blog regularly, you know that I have written about honest musical performances. As a listener, you can just feel it. It takes an honest and trusting person to truly give an honest musical performance. Take a minute to check this one out. This is just such a sincere performance of Bruch's Kol Nidrei.