An Opportunity for Talented Youngsters to Join the Bangalore School of Music Orchestra

Orchestral Development Workshop by World-renowned American Cellist Avery Waite

The Bangalore School of Music’s recently-concluded 15th East West Music and Dance Encounter featuring over a 100 Indian and International Artistes, offered many of the BSM students a valuable opportunity to perform in various concerts at venues across the city. It was such a proud moment for teachers and parents alike to see their children perform so wonderfully on a public platform and showcase their budding talent.

In a rare opportunity for youngsters across Bangalore and even other cities to learn to play in an Orchestra and be part of one, from April 3, 2017 to April 8, 2017, The Bangalore School of Music will host a week long Orchestral Development Workshop for students of violin, cello and other string instruments, led by world renowned Cellist Avery Waite, from Juilliard School of Music, USA. (notable alumni include World-renowned Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, legendary composer and conductor Henry Mancini—The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffanys etc— legendary film composer John Williams—Star Wars, Superman, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan etc–chart-topping singer and composer of the 70s and 80s, Barry Manilow, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and so many more) The Avery Waite Strings Workshop will culminate in a concert on April 8, where participants will be given the opportunity to display on stage all that they have learnt during that one week. A nominal fee of Rs. 750 per child will be charged for the workshop. Please feel free to sign up by contacting Head of Strings Department, Alice Yeadell (7760789580) or Faculty Co-Ordinator, Rebecca Thomas (9611980876).

Please find below the details of the different workshops:

Fiddle Group

Near beginners to Grade 3. A violin ensemble specially formed for this week to work on exciting fiddle repertoire. Violinists should have been learning for at least six months. Four sessions, plus concert.

Star Strings

Grades 1-2. All string players welcome, especially those interested in continuing as regular members after this week is completed. (Regular rehearsals Saturdays 6.30-8 pm). Simple repertoire. Four sessions, plus concert.

Junior Orchestra

Grades 3-5. All string players welcome to engage with more challenging pieces. Four sessions, plus concert. Participants showing exceptional talent, can explore the chance to join the BSM Junior Orchestra if interested.

Senior Strings

Grades 6 and above. All advanced string players are welcome to join this week-long ensemble, learning to perform to a high standard. Three sessions, plus concert. Participants showing exceptional talent, can explore the chance to join the BSM Senior Orchestra if interested

About Avery Waite

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, American cellist Avery Waite is an active performer, conductor and international music education advocate, actively involved in cultural diplomacy projects. Avery has performed and taught at music programs around the world, including in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Jamaica and El Salvador. In his current role as program manager for MusAid, a music education non-profit organization, he works to support socially-minded music projects in countries emerging from conflict by leading teacher-training and orchestral workshops. Avery is also on faculty with American Voices, a US state department organization at the forefront of cross-cultural engagement. He is a recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru Grant to assist and develop music programs all over India and has worked with students in Goa, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.