The Art of Efficient Practicing for Cellists
to Aug 4

The Art of Efficient Practicing for Cellists

This weekend-long cello seminar is for 12 inspired, uniquely gifted cellists who are at a crossroad in their professional life whether it be personal and musical growth, audition or competition preparation or general performance advancement...

This workshop will help you organize your practice routines efficiently and help you become self-reliant musicians in the ever-changing field of music.

Goals for this seminar include:

  • Learn basic efficient practicing skills

  • Learn and practice and perform your piece through group class teaching

  • Learn how to receive and integrate feedback on performance

  • Improve basic technique

  • Take any cello performance goal and break it down into simple, efficient and strategic practice plans to effectively reach your performance goals.

Seminar Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, August 2
4pm: Arrival and registration
5pm: Introduction to the Seminar (Attendees, schedule highlights, Efficient Practicing concepts, lessons expectations, questions)
6pm: Pot-Lock dinner
7pm to 9pm: Group Performance Class - Everyone performs in front of one another - Feedback

Saturday, August 3
10am to 12pm: Efficient Practicing Session 1
12pm: Lunch
1:30pm to 3:30pm: Group Technique Class
4pm to 7pm: Group Performance Class

Sunday, August 4
10am to 12pm: Group Technique Class
12pm: Lunch and Break (Practice time)
3pm to 5pm: Efficient Practicing Session 2
5:30pm to 7:30pm: Appetizers and participants concert
7:30pm: Close out party/dinner and conversations 

Workshop Summary and Logistics:

Dates: Friday August 2, 4pm through Sunday August 4, 9pm. 
Where: Berkeley, CA
Investment fee: $599 (payment must be received with your registration to confirm your spot)
*You are responsible for your own travel, transportation, housing and food.
*Cellos are required
*Registration is limited to 12 attendees.

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7:30 PM19:30

Composers, Inc.

Composers, Inc. offers a single concert this season Tuesday, April 9 at Berkeley Piano Club. We present no fewer than nine pieces, representing the artistic directors of Composers, Inc. plus Ingrid Stölzel, winner of the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award and Feona Lee Jones, winner of the Matthew Paul Finnigan Commission. Ingrid Stölzel’s lyrical songs titled The Gorgeous Nothings are settings of fragments by Emily Dickinson, while Feona Lee Jones’s experimental Galvanization of the Goddess uses her own text and extended vocal techniques. Expressly for this occasion Ursula Kwong-Brown has arranged her orchestral song Where the I Comes From for voice and piano, and Allen Shearer has set Ezra Pound’s The River Merchant’s Wife, all to be sung by the incomparable Ann Moss. And there is much more: Ryan Rey’s Specular Reflections and Nick Vasallo’s tension-filled When the War Beganare for mixed chamber ensembles; Frank La Rocca offers a cello solo Secret Thoughts performed by Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Emma Logan a new clarinet solo, and Robert Greenberg a piano duet written for ZOFO, who will premiere it at this gala event. Mark your calendars, and join us!

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7:00 PM19:00

Music Salon: Music of Schubert and Mozart

  • Alliance Francaise de San Francisco - 1345 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109 USA (map)
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Come enjoy an evening of chamber music, wine and conversation at the theatre of the Alliance française de San Francisco.

Mélanie Clapiès will be performing with three outstanding musicians: Dimitri Murrath (viola), Jean-Michel Fonteneau (cello) and Yasmina Spiegelberg (clarinet).

Don't forget to take you ID. Please note that we won't be able to share wine with people under 21 years old or without ID.


Venez profiter d'une soirée de musique de chambre et de conversation autour d'un verre de vin au théâtre de l'Alliance française de San Francisco.

Pour sa performance, Mélanie Clapiès sera accompagnée de Dimitri Murrath (alto), Jean-Michel Fonteneau (violoncelle) and Yasmina Spiegelberg (clarinette).

N'oubliez pas de venir avec votre pièce d'identité. Nous ne serons pas en mesure de servir du vin aux personnes en-dessous de 21 ans ou sans pièce d'identité.

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7:00 PM19:00

Music for Food

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street San Francisco, CA 94102 USA (map)
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Anton Arensky 
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
Maria van der Sloot, violin
Christine Lee, cello
Jungeun Kim, piano

John Adams  
Road Movies
Samuel Weiser, violin
Heemin Park, piano

Johannes Brahms 
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Kay Stern, violin
Carly Scena, viola
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Julio Elizalde, piano

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7:30 PM19:30

Music for Food

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit

Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Bonnie Hampton, cello
Paul Hersh, viola
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Ian Swensen, violin
members of Telegraph Quartet
   Joseph Maile '12, violin
   Pei-Ling Lin '12, viola
   Jeremiah Shaw, cello
Sam Weiser '19, violin
Maria van der Sloot '19, violin

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7:30 PM19:30

Faculty Recital

Domenico Gabrielli: Ricercare for solo cello
Kajia Saariaho: Spins and Spells for solo cello
Tristian Murail: Attracteurs Etranges for solo cello
Nicholas Denton-Protsack ’17: Cosmology for solo cello and pre-recorded electronics
Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi La Nuit

Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Maria van der Sloot '19, violin
Sam Weiser '19, violin

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