Viola Day Dordrecht 2024

Following on from last year’s very successful Viola Day 2023, The Dordrecht Viola Day Working Group and the DVS are excited to welcome you to the 2nd edition of Viola Day Dordrecht on Saturday, July 6th 2024.

We are aiming to celebrate the viola together with a full-day programme, including:

  • Viola Ensemble led by Pieter van der Wulp, violist and conductor of the Orchest-Vereeniging Dordrecht.
    A four-part orchestra consisting entirely of VIOLAS!
    Players of all levels are welcome (amateurs, students, professionals).
    We will play Bizet’s l’Arlésienne Suite no.1, arranged for 7-part viola ensemble! sheet music will be sent in advance.
    We rehearse together and give a performance at the end of the session!
  • A la carte lunch at De Witt (optional, but recommended!)
  • Afternoon concert with contributions from young viola talents, and of course the performance of the Viola Ensemble
  • Mini lectures on viola topics by Emlyn Stam, Karin Dolman and Kristofer Skaug
  • Introductory Viola lessons for young violinists -> see separate announcement
  • Second-hand sheet music marketplace
  • A la carte dinner at De Witt (optional, but recommended!)
  • Evening concert (hosted by Zomerconcerten Dordrecht) featuring violists Marcin Murawski, Emlyn Stam and Karin Dolman, with Caecilia Boschman (piano)

Costs / Ticket types:
A) Viola Ensemble participation €40.00 (includes Afternoon concert and Lectures)
(DVS Friends participate for €30.00)
B) Evening concert €17.50 (€16.00 for Viola Ensemble participants)
C) Lunch (€12.50) and/or Dinner (€21.50) a la carte at De Witt
Note: If you’re only coming for the concerts, you can reserve tickets through the website of Zomerconcerten Dordrecht, for the Afternoon and Evening concert respectively.

Schedule:
10.30 Arrival / check-in
11.15 Viola Ensemble rehearsal led by Pieter van der Wulp
13.00 Lunch á la carte at De Witt
14.00 Viola Ensemble Rehearsal part 2
16.00 Concert with young talent soloists and Viola Ensemble
17.00 Lectures
17.45 Dinner á la carte at De Witt
19.30 Evening concert

Venue: Kunstkerk, Museumstraat 65, Dordrecht
(10 minutes’ walk from Dordrecht railway station)

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HVVS Workshop Historical Performance

The Historical Viola and Violin Society (a subsection of the DVS) offers another very interesting free lecture/workshop!

This weekend, prof. Antoinette Lohmann will teach a course in historical performance to the Utrecht Conservatory (HKU) classical viola students who study with Annemarie Konijnenburg and Mikhail Zemtsov. The students will play on modern instruments with modern bows, but there will be a baroque viola and some bows available to try. The students will perform works by Telemann, Bach and Hoffmeister.

Active participation is in principle limited to the above mentioned students, but audience is more than welcome!

When: Saturday February 10th (2024), 09.45-16.15
Where: Fentener van Vlisssingenzaal, Utrechts Conservatorium, Mariaplaats 28 (yellow building),

 

Viola Day Dordrecht 2023

Some of you may remember how the DVS was first announced 11 years ago at the Viola Festival in Dodrecht in February 2012. After more than a decade of official operation, we return to Dodrecht to celebrate our roots. In cooperation with the International Viola Academy (IVA), the DVS organizes a Viola Day in Dordrecht on Monday, May 29th 2023 (2e pinksterdag).

We are hoping for participation from all viola fans – amateurs, students and professionals – to celebrate the viola together with a full-day programme, including:

  • Masterclasses for Viola Students and Young Talents (aged 26 or younger) with viola faculty from the IVA: Marcin Murawski, Emlyn Stam and Karin Dolman.
    Selected students get a full one-hour masterclass. There are 9 spots available.
  • Viola Ensemble (open to all participants!) led by Jeppe Moulijn
    A four-part orchestra consisting entirely of VIOLAS!
    Players of all levels are welcome (amateurs, students, pros).
    We will be playing Gordon Jacob’s Suite for 8 violins (YouTube link), arranged especially for this viola ensemble with parts in varying difficulty; and possibly also a surprise composition! Sheet music will be sent in advance.
    We rehearse together and give a performance at the end of the session!
  • A Concert with contributions from DVS Delegates to the IVC 2023 in Thailand
  • Second-hand sheet music marketplace
  • Lunch and Afterparty (borrel)

Costs:
For Masterclass students €50,00 *
For Ensemble playing €35 *
For Audience €30 (students €20) *
Concert ticket only €17.50 (students €7.50)
*) Rates include Lunch and Concert, and DVS Friends get additional 10% discount!
(these conditions do not apply for Concert ticket only)

Schedule:
10.00 Masterclasses session 1
11.15 Masterclasses session 2
11.00 Ensemble playing (for everyone)
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Masterclasses session 3
15.30 Concert
17.00 Afterparty with sale of 2nd hand sheet music

Venue: Trinitatiskapel (and auxiliary locations to be announced)
Vriesestraat 20, Dordrecht (10 minutes’ walk from Dordrecht railway station)

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Online lecture by Molly Gebrian on the Neuroscience of Practicing

The DVS has the pleasure to invite you to an online lecture:

“What Musicians can Learn about Practicing from Current Brain Research”

Lecturer:  Dr. Molly Gebrian
Date:  Sunday, January 15th, 2023
Time: 20:00h (Central European Time)
Place: Online (Zoom;
registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  English
Costs: Voluntary financial donation
Registration: Use form below

This presentation will focus on what neuroscientists have discovered about how our brains learn and how to apply these insights to practicing and teaching so that practicing becomes more efficient and effective, leading to enhanced performance ability, enjoyment, and confidence. Topics include: how to get rid of bad habits, how to make things automatic/reliable, the role of sleep in learning, the power of mental practicing, how to use the metronome to greatest effect, and the benefits of random practice for enhanced performance.

Dr. Molly Gebrian is a professional violist and scholar with a background in cognitive neuroscience. Her area of expertise is applying the research on learning and memory to practicing and performing music. She also investigates the intersections between music and language. As a performer, she prioritizes the works of living composers and those who have traditionally been excluded from the culture of classical music. She holds degrees in both music and neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory, New England Conservatory of Music, and Rice University. Currently, she is the viola professor at the University of Arizona.

Viola Society members may recall her lecture with a similar scope, given at the 48th International Viola Congress in Rotterdam, 2018. Molly also serves on the board of the American Viola Society, and she was a co-host for the successful 47th International Viola Congress in Columbus, Georgia last year.

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DVS Lecture “Collaboration with Living Composers”

The DVS has the pleasure to invite you to an online lecture:

The roles and responsibilities of the violist
when collaborating with living composers

Lecturer:  Michelle Pritchard
Date:  Saturday, March 19th 2022
Time: 17:00h (Central European Time)
Place: Online (Zoom;
registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  English
Costs: Voluntary financial donation,
we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

Australian-born violist Michelle Pritchard is completing her Master’s thesis at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Her research is an exploration into the realisation of new and pre-existing viola works, the resulting artistic and intellectual exchanges between composer and violist, and of course the expansion of our repertoire. In this YouTube clip, you can see and hear her perform one of the subject works:


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Signs, Games & Messages – Musings of a middle-aged chamber music nerd

Online lecture by violist Roeland Jagers

In this lecture, based on a recently published text, Roeland shares 25 years of chamber music experience. His journey as a violist and teacher is inspiring for professionals, students and amateur musicians alike. It offers valuable and unique insights in all aspects of playing together – musically, instrumentally and psychologically.

Roeland Jagers was a founding member of the Rubens Quartet. Currently he is a member of the Rubens Consort, and also of Metamorphoses, an international trio (clarinet/viola/piano) which released a highly acclaimed debut album. In 2020, Roeland and his wife, violinist Sarah Kapustin, made a duo album titled Reflections.

Date:  Saturday, May 8th, at 16:00h
Place:  Online, Zoom (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The lecture will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

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The Pleasant sound of Pitch – workshop with Karin Dolman

After her lecture on fingerings, Karin Dolman, viola teacher at Codarts University of Arts Rotterdam (and DVS board member) will guide you though the struggle of practicing on intonation.
 
This lecture will be an interactive talk with questions being answered and problems hopefully being solved!
 
For 27 years, Karin Dolman played in the DoelenKwartet where she played mainly contemporary music. This experience made her believe in making the impossible possible and never give up. She currently performs regularly with her “partner in crime”, pianist Caecilia Boschman – as a duo, but also with wind instruments and singers. 
 
As an amateur horn player (for 33 years) playing in an amateur orchestra, Karin knows the medal from both sides, and has taught her how musicians find pleasure in making music or the desire to get the highest out of their instrument. 

Date:  Saturday, April 10th, at 15:00h
Place:  Online, Zoom (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The workshop will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

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Report from DVS “Health week” workshops

In the past week, the DVS has taken to the new online medium with a “doubleheader” of workshops related to avoiding / reducing / treating the long term health issues associated with viola playing.

The first workshop, poetically titled “Finding Fabulous Freedom (with a viola in your hand)” was brought to us by Ásdis Valdimarsdóttir, with insights derived and developed from Body Mapping and Alexander Technique.

Ásdis worked through a number of examples relating to posture, left and right arm motions, based on mechanical principles of (skeletal and muscular) anatomy. She demonstrated clearly awkward and potentially unhealthy practices (some of which, sadly, are dangerously close to certain “style schools” of violin/viola technique) compared to natural and mechanically balanced alternatives. Accessories to her presentation included various illustrations from slides, and even a good old-fashioned dummy skeleton to help make her points. She also got the crowd in motion with exercises, with and without a viola. It was quite a sight to behold all participants in their tiny digital viewports performing these exercises!

The second workshop followed one week later, presented by Laura Kok: “How to deal with injuries – Medical empowerment for viola players“. Laura is an orthopaedic surgeon specialised in prevention and treatment of musicians’ injuries, and she has completed a full conservatory viola degree as well.

She gave a very interesting overview of the various health issues commonly seen for instrumental musicians (and violists in particular), ranging from physical to “psychosocial” issues – including a very telling comparison of the parallels and differences between musicians and athletes. In particular, athletes have much better medical and psychological support in general, and in the musical world it is even somewhat of a taboo to admit to or even discuss injuries (this last point was brought up by Ásdis as well).

Laura highlighted the orchestra musician in particular as someone who has a very low degree of personal influence on his/her working environment – being consistently dictated when, what, and how to play. This lack of control puts the musician at considerable risk of stress, burnout and injuries. And a musician’s career is much longer than an athlete’s, a full lifetime of sustained “wear-down” of their bodies. Not to mention stress related symptoms such as anxiety, sleeplessness, etc.

Both workshops were widely appreciated by those who attended.

For those of you who missed it: If you are interested in more details about these workshops, please contact us at mail@dutchviolasociety.nl – we will gladly send you more information, including links to recordings of the workshops.

This was the first time we tried to do interactive workshops online via zoom. During these workshops we had as many as 56 participants simultaneously online in the session, logging in even from overseas (USA, UK, etc.). This immediately verified to us that we have a truly international reach – so different from the physical and inherently “local” events of pre-COVID times.

Kristofer Skaug, DVS

How to deal with injuries – Medical empowerment for viola players

Laura Kok is an orthopaedic surgeon specialised in treating injured musicians. After obtaining her masters degree in both medicine and viola (Royal Conservatory, The Hague), she continued to combine her experience of these two working areas.  After finishing her PhD ‘Musculoskeletal health in musicians: Epidemiology and biomechanics’ in 2018, she initiated the ‘musicispreekuur’, an outpatient clinic dedicated to provide high level healthcare for musicians in the Spaarne Hospital (Haarlem).

Injuries are part of a professional career in music, especially if you play the viola. Of all instruments present in the symphonic orchestra, the viola is the one which brings the highest risk of getting injured: up to 90% of the viola players has at least one injury every year. So it is time to accept that injuries come together with the instrument and to start working on how we could optimally deal with them.

The aim of the workshop is to empower you to take the lead in creating a healthy playing environment. During the workshop we will work on the following topics:

– What is an injury and why do we get injured? What injuries are common among viola players?

– How to influence the occurrence and course of an injury? What is the relation between body and mind with respect to injuries? And how can we use this knowledge to prevent problems?

– And finally, we will talk on how to make sure you are getting the most optimal care in case you are injured. How can we collaborate with healthcare providers, in order to optimise the results of the treatment?

Date:  Saturday, March 13th, at 14:00h
Place:  Online, Jitsi Meet (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The workshop will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

Workshop registration no longer possible

P.S. You may also find the following related workshop interesting:
March 6th, 2021: “Finding Fabulous Freedom“, with Asdis Valdimarsdottir

Finding Fabulous Freedom – with a Viola in your Hands!

Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir currently teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. We are happy and proud to announce a new workshop led by her, with the title…

FINDING FABULOUS FREEDOM – WITH A VIOLA IN YOUR HANDS!

This will be a workshop on looking for freedom from pain and preventing injuries when we play.  Most of us have some idea on how our skeletons and muscles are designed and how to use them to our best advantage- but even so the statistics tell us that a very high percentage of all musicians suffer from injuries of one sort or another at some point in their careers.  Some get over them- but many don’t – and it is a subject that musicians are often shy to open up about.  No one wants to get a reputation for being injured or weak….

The good news is that it is very much possible to get over existing injuries in the long term and, of course, to prevent them.

I used to be a regular on the local physiotherapists table with pain in my neck and left shoulder; it helped in the short term but kept them employed! It was not until I discovered Body Mapping and Alexander Technique that I managed to truly get better and now I have not seen the physiotherapist for many years!

I would like to introduce you to what I have learned and help you find a way to injury free and happy music making.  We will do lots of movement explorations and experiments. Have your instrument handy and make sure you have room to swing your arms around!

Date:  Saturday, March 6th, at 16:00h
Place:  Online, Jitsi Meet (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The workshop will be given in English
Logistics:  Have your viola handy for exercises
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation – we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

Workshop registration no longer possible

P.S. You may also find the following related workshop interesting:
March 13th, 2021: “How to deal with injuries”, with Laura Kok