Meet SoYoung Kwon
Instructor 's Bio
SoYoung Kwon has appeared in recitals, concerts, festivals and master classes throughout the United States, Germany, France, Netherlands, China, and Korea. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including prestigious top prizes from the Korea Daily Competition and Eumyeon Competition in Korea, American Protege International Competition and was chosen as the 2014 Ujung Rising Star by Ujung Art Center.
Ms. Kwon has been a concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, Boston University Symphony/Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Chamber Symphony, as well as a principal first violin of Gunsan Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she has played with Soliall Philharmonic Orchestra, New Music New Haven, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and KBS Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly with the Contemporary Music Ensemble Éclat, Haffner Sinfonietta, and is a founding member of the Absolute Trio.
She received Bachelor’s degree at Oberlin Conservatory with full scholarship, and she was granted Master’s degree and Artist Diploma with full merit scholarship from Yale University School of Music. Ms. Kwon has completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University. Ms. Kwon is an adjunct Professor of Visual & Performing Arts at Stonehill College.
Violin Private Group Class (Ages 9+)
This course consists of a progressive study of violin repertoire that includes the development of musical and technical aspes of violin performance through private group lessons and studio study. Curriculum will include; bow technique, bow distribution, note reading, scales/arpeggios, intonation, string crossing, double stops, shifting, dynamic control, vibrato, rhythm, tempo, musicianship, and tone quality. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. The long-term goal of this course is to equip the student with the deep love in music and ability to perform freely.
Teaching materials include "Violin Playtime Book 1-2", "Violin Playtime Studies", "A Tune A Day (A Beginning Scale Book)", "The ABC's of Violin Book 1-4", "Building Teaching with Beautiful Music", "First Etude Album for Violin", and "Suzuki Books"
Meet Nicole Kootz
Originally from Philadelphia, Nicole recently completed her masters in String Performance at Boston University under the instruction of Karen Ritscher. She has been studying the viola and violin for over ten years and holds teacher certification in Suzuki Violin Books 1-3, with the intention of completing Book 4 next summer. Before pursing her masters, Nicole was a faculty member at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, teaching seven group violin classes and a private studio each week. She is remaining in the Boston area to continue her studies privately with faculty from New England Conservatory and Boston University, and frequently travels to Florida during holidays to spend time with her family.
Beginning Violin Private Group Class(ages 8 & under)
We are happy to present, for the first time at Newton Chinese School, 2 group violin classes for 3-5 students each. These 45 minute classes are designed to introduce basic violin playing techniques and music reading skills through active listening, reading, games, and working together. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend so that they may also learn about ways to help students practice their new skills at home. The materials used in class will be from the Suzuki Approach, Essential Elements for Strings by Hal Leonard, and I Can Read Music by Joanne Martin.