Ron Mutchnik Workshops on Bowings and Fingerings

Sunday, September 29 (times listed below)
Location: Home of Ron Mutchnik
4222 Club Ct, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Workshop 1: Know Your Bow – Know Your Bowings
1:00 – 2:45 pm

This workshop is geared toward upper string players and will explore the different bow strokes and their uses, the principles behind choosing the direction of the bow, the number of notes combined in a bow, which parts of the bow to use, string crossings, and issues of comfort and convenience that determine appropriate bowing choices. To experience these choices, we will examine and play through different rhythm patterns, different styles/periods of music, and the shaping of phrases using examples from orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire from early to intermediate and advanced levels.

Workshop 2: What Fingering Should I Use?
3:15 – 5:00 pm

This workshop is geared toward violinists primarily, but is also useful to violists who teach or play the violin. We will explore finger patterns, position playing, extensions and contractions, issues of string crossing versus shifting, fingerings for harmonics, double stops, and chords. We will also be playing through examples from orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire to examine standard fingerings and solutions to unusual passages, and examples of artistic fingerings when more than one choice can be used to express a musical intention.

These workshops are intended as playing sessions, so please bring your instrument.

Workshop Fees:

ASTA Members: Workshop 1: $15, Workshop 2: $15 or $30 for both.
Non-members: Workshop 1: $20, Workshop 2: $20 or $40 for both.

Violinist Ronald Mutchnik graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County summa cum laude, where he studied with Robert Gerle. While there, he won the Baltimore Music Club’s and Baltimore Musicians’ competitions. He earned his Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Joseph Gingold and continued post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel.with Yair Kless.
He is active as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist and has served as Concertmaster of the Columbia Pro Cantare and the Bach in Baltimore series for over 30 years and with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra for 36 years. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in Maryland, including the Columbia Orchestra and the Frederick Symphony and appeared in the film Washington Square, performing his own composition, and in concerts with Smokey Robinson and Dionne Warwick. As a chamber musician he has appeared on many local series including Music in the Great Hall and An Die Musik.
As a teacher he has had a private studio in Howard County for almost 40 years and also taught at Towson University and University of Maryland Baltimore County. His students have won first prizes in local competitions and served in principal roles of the G/T orchestras of Howard County and the Maryland All-State Orchestra. He was president of the American String Teacher’s associations MD/DC Chapter, and was twice awarded their “Teacher of the Year”. He was also winner of a “Howie” award given by the Howard County Arts Council for Outstanding Artist of the Year. He produced a music education video, “Posture and Balance: The Dynamic Duo”, toured Korea coaching and performing chamber music, is a founder of and performer with the Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series in Columbia, Maryland and is music director of the Howard County Concert Orchestra.

  • Workshop 1: Know Your Bow – Know Your Bowings
    September 29, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Workshop 2: What Fingering Should I Use?
    September 29, 2019
    3:15 pm - 5:00 pm

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