Develop your Cello skills

Bring your cello on Sunday 12 March to the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for a Cello workshop with Daniel Holloway which will explore the techniques for Junior player levels Preliminary to Grade 2 and Senior player levels Grade 3 upwards and is open to all age groups.

  • The workshop will look into the areas of
  • Balance – the set up required for good sound
  • Ease of movement – for development of playing skills
  • Listening – what to listen for when are you playing.

Each session begins with participants working with Daniel Holloway in a one hour workshop exploring the areas of technique. Participants will then observe selected students in a masterclass with Daniel. At the end of the day students from both Junior and Senior will come together to form a Cello orchestra for a reading session which is open to the public.

About Daniel Holloway

Daniel Holloway has taught strings with Education Queensland for 25 years.  His ensembles have achieved numerous honours, including winning the state finals of Fanfare in 2010, and many of his former students have pursued careers in music or continue to enjoy making music while following other professions.  Before taking up his present teaching position Daniel played with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and has taught cello and chamber music at James Cook University.  He currently plays principal cello with Orchestra Corda Spiritus as well as in a number of chamber music groups.  In 2004 Daniel undertook a teaching exchange in Shanghai, China.  He has taken a number of conducting courses with Symphony Australia and other organisations, and is Immediate Past President of AUSTA Qld.

Purpose

The day is for all cellists and it is recommended Juniors attend the Seniors session as observers.

Areas of Focus for Technical Session

For Seniors 

  • Posture –  the importance of balance and freedom of movement
  • Right and left hand set up with a view to building the higher skills
  • Left hand technique:
    • Thumb position
    • Vibrato
  • Tone production:
    • What it takes to draw a long bow
    • Short strokes – the three S’s
      • Staccato
      • Spiccato
      • Sautille
  • Aural
    • The need to listen
    • How we listen to our own playing effectively

For Juniors 

  • Posture –  the importance of balance and freedom of movement
  • Right and left hand set up
  • Tone production
  • The importance of Pulse and Pitch
    • The need to listen
    • How we listen to our own playing effectively

Program for the day

Senior – Grade 3+

8:30 Arrive

9:00 – 10:00 Technical Workshop

10:15 – 11:30 Masterclass

2:00 – 3:00 Group Cello reading session

Juniors – Prel. – Grade 2

12:00 – 12:50 Technical Workshop

1:00 – 1:45 Masterclass

2:00 – 3:00 Group Cello reading session

Prices

Workshop and Masterclass – $35 (By prior arrangement only)

Workshop only – $20

Bookings  

02 6621 2266 / admin@nrcac.edu.au

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