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Violin Boot Camp

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016


Five innovative violin technique and improvisation workshops presented by 

Violinists Kevin A Lefohn, Clarisse Atcherson, and Violist/Composer Kenji Bunch.



Intermediate and advanced players of any age

Teachers welcome


10:00am - 12:30pm every Monday in August, 2016

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29



Studio of Darrell Hanks Bowmaker

1255 NW 9th Ave, # 11

Portland, OR  97209


August 1st
Tone production
Bow strokes: Detaché, Martelé, Collé, Spiccato, Sautillé, Staccato

August 8th

August 15th
Left hand speed and strength training

August 22nd

August 29th
Double Stops


How Much

Violin Boot Camp tuition:    $180

Single session fee:                $40

Boot Camp violinists will develop and refine technical skills in five topic-specific technique workshops, each followed by a creative, musical, and fun improvisation workshop.


Each technique session will build skills sequentially for both right and left-hands. Topics will include: Tone production, basic and advanced bow strokes, intonation, left hand speed and strength training, positions, shifting, vibrato, scales, arpeggios, double stops.


Learning material presented from the teaching traditions of Ivan Galamian, Carl Flesch, Dorothy DeLay, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Simon Fischer, and Paul Rolland.


Attendance of the full series of five sessions is encouraged. Single session drop-in participation is available. Space is limited.


Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. His frequent chamber music collaborations, recital performances and teaching have earned international prominence, with performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and South East Asia. He is a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand Concert and frequently performs on Thursdays at Three, All Classical Portland's (USA) live performance radio show.


He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Piotr Milewski, and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon, and with members of both the Emerson and the Tokyo String Quartets.


Much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator, he is dedicated to the training of talented young string players. His students include prizewinners of international competitions, soloists, chamber musicians, and professional orchestra musicians in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. He has served as a jury member of numerous international competitions including the International Violin Competition Sion Valais, at the invitation of Maestro Shlomo Mintz, and the selection panel of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.


He has held faculty teaching positions at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Oregon (USA). He was the founding director of the renowned Marama Strings Project at the University of Otago where he was Professor of Violin from 1998-2007 and founder and Artistic Director of the Queenstown Violin Summer School and Festival of Chamber Music (New Zealand).


He currently holds a faculty teaching position at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA. He maintains a private studio, an international studio via online video lessons, supporting students throughout the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia, and frequently travels overseas for performances, masterclasses and teaching residencies.


Clarisse Atcherson has been a violinist in the Oregon Symphony since 1985, and faculty at the Community Music Center in Portland since 1986.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in 1982 from the Eastman School of Music, where she was valedictorian and summa cum laude.  Her primary teacher was Charles Castleman, and had chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet and Abram Loft.  She received her Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she was nominated to Phi Kappa Phi and received the Graduate Performance Award.  While there, she studied pedagogy with John Kendall and became certified through the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach all 10 Suzuki Books.  Her summer studies included the Quartet Program and Tanglewood Music Center.


Ms. Atcherson has always had a strong interest in teaching and pedagogy while maintaining a performance career.  Her teaching style is a combination of traditional Galamian/DeLay techniques and the Suzuki approach.  She has taught and presented lectures at many Suzuki Institutes, such as Oregon Suzuki and the Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford, and has taught as far away as Korea.  Her students have won or been finalists in many competitions, including MTNA and ASTA National Competitions, Jefferson Symphony National Competition, Young Artists at the Schnitz, and Young Artist at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard.  Her students have performed solos with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Olympia Symphony, Vancouver (WA) Symphony, Newport (OR) Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, and Jefferson (CO) Symphony.  She has alumni in major symphonies and at conservatories.  Even so, Ms. Atcherson feels a commitment to being an all-levels teacher, and has students as young as age 6


Kenji Bunch is regarded as one of the most engaging, influential, and prolific American composers of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “A Composer To Watch” and cited by Alex Ross in his seminal book “The Rest Is Noise,” Mr. Bunch’s unique blend of wit, exuberance, lyricism, unpredictable stylistic infusions, and exquisite craftsmanship has brought acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike.


Mr. Bunch maintains an active performing career, and is widely recognized for performing his own groundbreaking works for viola. A multifaceted musician with a deep interest in vernacular American music and improvisation, he also plays fiddle and sings with the band Citigrass, and is a frequent guest performer, recording artist, and arranger with many prominent rock, jazz, folk, and alternative/experimental artists.


Mr. Bunch studied at the Juilliard School, receiving his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola with Toby Appel, and in composition with Robert Beaser. Other composing mentors include Eric Ewazen and Stanley Wolfe. After 22 successful years in New York City, he returned to his native Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, concert pianist Monica Ohuchi, daughter Emmaline, and rescued pitbull mix, Coffee.