Hubert Chen

18th Biennial Suzuki Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Hubert attended the 18th Biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis entitled, "A Collaborating Community." Suzuki teachers, students and parents gathered to share ideas with a focus on ways to work together in support of each other. They had the opportunity to learn from one another; and share the experiences of students as they observed master teachers in their elements. The conference offered many diverse panels, discussions, and presentations.

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Michael Joviala

Dalcroze School of the Rockies, Professional Studies, Group Lessons, Denver, CO. Diller-Quaile has been an important center for Dalcroze Education in the United States for many years. Master teachers such as Anne Farber and Ruth Alperson, holders of the Dalcroze Diplôme, have taught and trained countless students, including some serving on our faculty. But because of the particularly high level of skill required to earn the Diplôme Supérieur, and the necessity to live in Geneva for extended lengths of time, there have been few new recipients. Those entering the Diplôme Supérieur program in Geneva must pass a rigorous entrance exam in the three branches of Dalcroze study: eurhythmics, solfège and improvisation. Jeremy Dittus, a holder of the Diplôme based in Denver, Colorado, has carefully created a pathway which can lead students to mastery of the necessary skills, and offers instruction via Skype classes, which he teaches at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Michael applied himself to these studies via Skype instruction over the course of the year, to prepare for the Diplôme Supérieur in Geneva and to become a stronger musician and teacher, better able to serve the needs of the Dalcroze community at Diller-Quaile and beyond.

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Jamie Reynolds

Piano Study with Ethan Iverson, New York City. Jamie Reynolds studied piano with Ethan Iverson in NYC. After moving to New York to study with Fred Hersch in 2005, Jamie felt ready to return to lessons, this time with a focus on piano technique. In particular, the lessons focused on the unique teaching methods of Iverson and Hersch’s teacher, the late Sophia Rosoff, which emphasize emotional engagement with the music and a holistic approach to the physicality of piano playing. Jamie feels that these thirteen lessons have brought about a fresh approach to his piano playing in general, and to his role as an accompanist at Diller-Quaile in particular. 

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Tomas Ulrich

Study of the Haydn Cello Concerti with Fred Zlotkin, New York City. Ever since Tomas was a child, he has been enamored by the two Haydn cello concerti. Their elegance, virtuosity, ingenuity, and expressivity were instantly engaging. Tomas took five lessons with cellist Fred Zlotkin to study these concerti. Mr. Zlotkin winner of the International Music Competition at Geneva, has traveled the world as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and has been the principal cellist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra for over 25 years. Mr. Zlotkin has performed both works on many occasions and has an in-depth understanding of the cello and the classical style. He is also a master of creating his own cadenzas for the works that he performs. Creating cadenzas has always fascinated Tomas; he has been improvising for years and is now exploring this avenue within a classical context.

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