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Pieces of Eight, Special Edition
Meet the New Violin Family. A brief introduction to the treble, soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, and contrabass violins of the New Violin Family. Includes information about the sound characteristics of each with graphs showing the tunings and ranges of each instrument. Includes interesting links and other useful information. Courtesy of the Singing Woods Violin Shop.

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol. 2, no. 1 Winter 2004

Hutchins Consort Plays, Editorial Page, Creating New Violins, Octet History, Who's Playing and Where, Albert Consort & Events, Generations,
New Instruments, Composers, NVFA Board Meeting, Hutchins Archives at NMM, CAS and VSA Merge.

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol 2, no. 2. Fall, 2004

FOCUS on the TREBLE VIOLIN, Albert Consort Debuts, Editorial Page, Treble Delights, Treble Trouble, Events Calendar, People in the News, Luthier’s Workbench, June Board Meeting, Octet Analysis, NVFA News in Brief.

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol 2, no. 3. Spring, 2005

Hutchins Consort Plays, Editorial Page, Creating New Violins, Octet History, Who's Playing and Where, Albert Consort & Events, Generations, New Instruments, Composers, NVFA Board Meeting, Hutchins Archives at NMM, CAS and VSA Merge.

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol. 2, no. 4. Fall 2005/Winter 2006

FOCUS on the INTERNATIONAL, Aust, U.K. Concert, Belgian Octet, Editorial & Letters, Australian Octet, Luthier’s Workbench, Convention Schedule, People in the News, October Board Meeting, Morton A. Hutchins, NVFA News in Brief.

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol. 2, no. 5. Fall 2006

Hutchins Consort at 2006 GAL Convention, Basic Acoustics for the Violin Maker, Selling the Belgian Bassetto, Scaling Beyond John Schelleng, Recording the Violin Octet, The Historically Informed Alto, NVFA News Briefs, A Luthier’s Workbench, People in the News, Letters & Editorial

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol. 2, no. 6. Spring 2007

First European Octet Performs, Ensembles and New Compositions, Comparing Violin Resonances, Stringing the Treble Violin, NVFA News Briefs, Faces & Places, .Advertisements & Announcements, Letters, Editorial

 

 

Violin Octet, Vol. 2, no 7. March 2007

Playing the Big Basses, Book Review, Transposing for Octet Basses, From the Rehearsal Room, Faces and Places, NVFA News Briefs, Necrology, Advertisements, Announcements, The NVFA in Person, Editorial & Letters

 

Welcome! Please read additional helpful information posted below the list.

CAVEAT!

The names and services of the individuals listed on this site are offered as a convenience to our visitors. We know almost everyone on this list and have confidence in their abilities. Were it otherwise, their names wouldn't be here. However, all transactions and associations are between the student and the teacher at their own risk. (Legal stuff-- We don't like it, but . . .)

 

Treble Violin

Posner, Wendy Olson; Burke, VA.
wolsonposner@gmx.de

Sedukh, Grigory; St. Petersburg, Russia.
g.sedukh@ctinet.ru | grigorysedukh.narod.ru/index-violin-piccolo.html

Soprano Violin

Hummel, Carrie Reuning; Ithaca, NY.
carrierhum@twcny.rr.com | www.soundcarries.com

Posner, Wendy Olson; Burke, VA.
wolsonposner@gmx.de

Sedukh, Grigory; St. Petersburg, Russia.
g.sedukh@ctinet.ru | grigorysedukh.narod.ru/index-violin-piccolo.html

Mezzo Violin

Hummel, Carrie Reuning; Ithaca, NY
carrierhum@twcny.rr.com
| www.soundcarries.com

Hurley,William; Ithaca, NY
D1828@aol.com

Sedukh, Grigory; St. Petersburg, Russia
g.sedukh@ctinet.ru | grigorysedukh.narod.ru/index-violin-piccolo.html

Alto Violin

Aquallo, Carolyn Lechusza; Carlsbad, CA.
(cello-style fingerings)
carolynlechusza@gmail.com

Cook, Nathan; St. John's, Newfoundland.
(either viola-style or cello-style fingerings).
nathanc@mun.ca

DuFour, Emily; New York City and Stamford, CT
(cello-style fingerings)
emily.dufour@gmail.com

Metcalf, Peter; Kensington, CA
peter.metcalf@musical-presence.com

Tenor Violin

Cook, Nathan; St. John's, Newfoundland
nathanc@mun.ca

DuFour, Emily; New York City and Stamford, CT
emily.dufour@gmail.com

Firestone, Omar; Chula Vista and San Diego, CA
Omar@mvps.org

Metcalf, Peter; Kensington, CA
Peter.metcalf@musical.presence.com | www.Musical-Presence.com

Smolen, Sera; Ithaca, NY
serasmolen@earthlink.net | www.geocities.com/serajsmolen/

Baritone Violin

Cook, Nathan; St. John's, Newfoundland
nathanc@mun.ca

DuFour, Emily; New York City and Stamford, CT
emily.dufour@gmail.com

Evett, Elisa; Ithaca, NY
ducio44@gmail.com

Bass Violin (Bassetto)

Contrabass Violin

Walker, Nicholas; Ithaca, NY
nicholaswalkermusic@gmail.com | www.nicholaswalkermusic.com/

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If you are going to play an octet instrument, but you do not live close to any of the listed professional teachers, you have some options.

Mezzo and baritone players will do well with teachers of the conventional violin and cello for starters. If you wish to play soprano, a good violin teacher can help you, and for beginning tenor players, a cellist should work just fine to get you going.

For the smallest instruments (the soprano and treble violins), a teacher trained in the Suzuki method would be a good person to start with since he or she will be accustomed to small instruments, short string lengths, and bowing particulars.

For beginning alto students we recommend studying with a cellist for fingerings and bowing, and with a violist for reading the clef, learning the repertoire, and playing in characteristic style. If the two teachers are colleagues and used to working with each other, so much the better.

For bassists, the main problem is learning how to hold the instrument to accommodate the violin-style shoulders. Otherwise the fingering and hand positions are relatively straightforward and any competent bass teacher can start you on your way.

If you are an advanced student coming from a conventional stringed instrument, talk with the teachers on this list about your specific situation. This is especially important for players switching to the alto.

We hope to be updating this list frequently as I find new teachers willing to be listed, so please check back often. If you are a teacher and would like to be added to the list, contact me.

 

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