Monday, January 17, 2011

Mallet Instrument Service

Hi all -
Just a quick note about a fantastic purchasing experience that I recently had. Our music department recently received a generous gift from a donor that was earmarked for new percussion equipment in our music department. We decided to take a run down to Charlotte to check out Mallet Instrument Service which is owned and operated by Artie and Gina Lieberman. This ended up being a wonderful experience from start to finish. Artie and Gina welcomed us into their shop and simply made us feel like family from the moment we arrived. Artie showed us a multitude of one of a kind mallet percussion instruments, refurbished instruments, and new gear. He told us countless stories of percussionists, various magnificent performances, and a life of passion regarding mallet percussion. We ended up picking up a 4 1/3 octave rosewood Musser marimba, an awesome set of Musser vibes, and a set of Ludwig Chimes. We could not be happier. All the while, the price was right and we felt like we had made a friendship that would last for a lifetime. Our day ended with a lovely dinner together and a long drive home to Durham.

Mallet Instrument Service DBA Vintage Percussion has been servicing percussionists since 1994 with repairs, sales and rentals of new, used and vintage percussion.

Their company has the largest parts inventory in the country and accepts trades and consignments of good quality instruments.

The company is owned and operated by Artie and Gina Lieberman of Charlotte, North Carolina. Personal attention goes into every aspect of the business. As a professional percussionist for over 40 years, Artie has keen insight to the needs of other professionals.

Some of their clients include the following Symphonies: North Carolina, Charlotte, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Peoria, Sao Paolo, Nashville, Mobile, Charlotte Youth, and Indianapolis.

They also serve: University of North Carolina, Winthrop University, Virginia Arts Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Clemson University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,Fine Arts Center SC, Dame Evelyn Glennie, UNC Schools, Opera Carolina as well as numerous churches and private schools.

Friday, January 7, 2011

NC String Teachers: Southeastern Strings Conference

String teachers in the NC area:
January 21 is a state-wide in-service day for teachers. Please consider attending the Southeastern Strings Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I will be giving a session on electric bowed strings and there will be many fine sessions throughout the day. During my session, we will have an ensemble of NS Design instruments set up for attendees to try. We will provide charts for the ensemble and we will simply all experience playing in an electric string ensemble. I will explain panning and the use of a PA system, monitors, and basic EFX processing. We will have an NXT Bass and Cello, a CR violin and viola, the new 5 string Wav, and many other NS Instruments for you to try out as an ensemble. It will be a blast! It is not too late to register.

Pre-Register by phone: call 1-800-999-2869 and have your Visa or MasterCard ready.
Conference Fee & NC Renewal Credit Verification of Attendance

There is a $40.00 fee for all instructors attending the String Teachers Conference. This fee will cover all instruction, handouts, clinician expenses, and refreshments. You may be able to obtain one unit of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit by attending this event. Please Pre-Register by mail or by telephone. To Pre-Register by phone, simply call us toll-free at 1-800-999-2869 and have your Visa or MasterCard ready. (Please Pre-Register!!) The on-site registration fee on Thursday evening, January 20, will be $50.00.

Here is a list of events.
Southeast String Festival Teachers Conference

Master Class, Dimitry Sitkovetski
New Music Reading Session, Lynne Latham, Latham Music, a Lorenz Company
Electric Strings, Scott Laird
Jazz Clinic for String Educators, Steve Haines
Upper String Pedagogy, Marjorie Bagley, Fabian Lopez, Scott Rawls
Old Time Ensemble Music, Revell Carr and Gavin Douglas
Lower String Pedagogy, Craig Brown and Alex Ezerman
Achieving an Artistic Vibrato in the String Class, Rebecca B. MacLeod
Incorporating Students With Disabilities In Your Orchestra Classroom, Jennifer Stewart Walter
String Instrument Repair, Melody Choplin

Time Session Location
7:45 Introductions School of Music Recital Hall
8:15-9:30 Reading Session sponsored by School of Music Recital Hall
Latham Music, a Lorenz Company
9:30 Refreshments, student rehearsal ends Recital Hall Atrium

9:00-9:50 Electric Strings, Scott Laird EUC Auditorium
10:00-10:50 Jazz Strings, Steve Haines EUC Auditorium
11:10-12:10 Violin Pedagogy EUC Auditorium
Marjory Bagley and Fabian Lopez
12:10-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Viola and Cello Pedagogy EUC Auditorium
Scott Rawls and Alex Ezerman
2:15 Walk to Aycock Auditorium
2:30-3:20 Old Time Music Aycock Auditorium
Gavin Douglas and Revell Carr
3:30-4:20 Artistic Vibrato, Rebecca MacLeod Aycock Lower Level
4:30-5:00 McIver Quartet Performance Aycock Auditorium
5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:00-7:00 Observe Rehearsal Aycock Auditorium
7:30 GSO Chamber Concert School of Music Recital Hall

9:00-9:50 Students with Disabilities, Jennifer Walter Aycock Lower Level
10:00-10:50 String Repair Lab, Melody Choplin Aycock Lower Level
11:00-12:00 Dimitry Sitkovetski Aycock Auditorium
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Dress Rehearsal Aycock Auditorium
2:30 Concert Aycock Auditorium