Strings Without Boundaries (SWB) summer program will launch July 23-27, 2017, in Omaha with world-famous faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
SWB is an uplifting, community-oriented participatory program for violinists, violists, and cellists of all ages and levels, amateur through professional. Participants learn to play music from around the world, how to craft their own music, and even how to tap into technology through electrics, amplification, and special effects stomp boxes. July 23 will initiate SWB’s twenty-first season and first time at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Artistic director and internationally acclaimed multi-style string educator, author, composer and performer, Julie Lyonn Lieberman explains, “From Farmland America, honky-tonk blues clubs, Thirties Jazz Alleys, to the fine line between traditional and modern sounds… The violin has crafted the soundtrack of our lives. This exciting summer program beautifully fuses essential right- and left-hand techniques with the musical imagination of the world.”
Faculty includes blues/funk/Western Swing violinist Randy Sabien, rock and jazz cellist Matt Turner, Canadian and American fiddle style specialist April Verch, and blues, Klezmer, Gypsy jazz, and electric strings specialist Julie Lyonn Lieberman. Special guest artists include Irish fiddling with Jane Finch, tune-writing with local artist Deborah Greenblatt, classical techniques with Dr. Mary Perkinson, Assistant Professor at UNO, and Anne Nagosky, Omaha Symphony violinist, as well as sessions with local luthiers Sarah Gray Restoration and Alex Reza, Violins of Omaha.
D’Addario Orchestral Strings is sponsoring an opening reception on July 23rd for Omaha/Lincoln area string players from 7-8:30 p.m. with refreshments and live music. Support from the Nebraska chapter of American String Teachers Association, the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education, and local luthiers Alex Reza of Violins of Omaha, Sarah Gray of Sarah Gray Restoration, and David Frederick, of The Violin Shop in Lincoln, has made it possible to offer financial support to string teachers and students.
Advance registration is required and can be completed online.
Strings Without Boundaries ran its first ten sessions at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Julie Lyonn Lieberman has since moved the program to other locations to benefit area teachers and students, including Savannah and Atlanta, GA, Appleton, WI, and Seattle and Ellensburg Washington. Faculty has included many of the top players and educators in the eclectic styles field, such as Bob Phillips, Christian Howes, Richard Greene, Jeremy Cohen, Paul Anastasio and Brian Wicklund to name a few.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has helped develop the alternative string field over the last thirty-five years as a performer, clinician, author, composer, radio and concert producer, and recording artist. She is the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries. Ms. Lieberman is also an NS Design Performance Artist and a D’Addario Premiere Clinician.
Lieberman co-authored American String Teachers Association’s national curriculum book, Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs, and is the author of seven music books and six educational DVDs, as well as over two-dozen string orchestra scores in American and world styles (published by Kendor, Alfred Music, and Carl Fischer Music). Her eighth book, titled, How to Play Contemporary Strings: For Violin, Viola, and Cello (published by Hal Leonard) includes video tutorials She is the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards. She has written and produced two National Public Radio Series: The Talking Violin, hosted by Dr. Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin hosted by Nancy Wilson.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has taught creative musicianship and world string styles in school residencies and teacher trainings across the United States and beyond as well as through organizations and institutions like American String Teachers Association, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, National Association for Music Education, International Association of Jazz Educators, The Midwest Clinic, The Starling-Delay Symposium, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program, and The Academy (produced by Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard).
Contact Julie Lyonn Lieberman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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