Professional development workshop for young string players

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall is offering a fabulous opportunity for exceptional young bowed and fretted string musicians as a part of their Professional Training Workshops series. Entitled The Edgar Meyer Workshop: Porous Borders of Music, the workshop will run from May 14-21, 2006 and tuition, lodging and travel expenses will be provided at no cost to 15 players between the ages of 18-30. Applications will be accepted for violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and Dobro.

The workshop is designed to help serious players bridge the gaps between western classical and folk music genres, and will involve study of both composed and improvised music. Led by Meyer, one of the most celebrated double bassists of his generation, the workshops will also feature coaching from Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall and Fred Sherry.

Non-scholarship students are welcome to attend for a modest audit fee, and scholarship applicants under the age of 18 will be considered, but prior approval of the Weill Institute is required for younger applicants. The week will conclude with a concert in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

More details, including a downloadable application form and brochure, can be found on the Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshops web site. The application deadline is January 17, 2006.

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