In the “masterclass” format, a few students are pre-chosen to play, and the guest teaching artist will give feedback and comments —basically like getting a private lesson, but in front of an audience.
Although each presenter will run his or her masterclass differently, most presenters will include a Q&A session towards the end.
One great thing about masterclasses is that the presenters are renowned artist-teacher-scholars, meaning that some of the content can be universally applicable to musicians of all instruments and levels. (E.g. a string student could attend a wind masterclass and learn something useful!) Masterclasses listed here are FREE and open to the public, and require no pre-registration or RSVP to attend.
What should I bring to a masterclass?
Bring a pen/pencil and notebook. You’ll be getting a lot of valuable information, and it is really difficult to remember everything. Students generally do not need to bring their instruments to the classes, unless otherwise noted or arranged in advance.
Past Masterclass Presenters
Trumpeter JOSEPH FOLEY, July 15, 2014 at UH Orvis Auditorium. Mr. Foley is founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet and performs/records regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera. He is on the faculties […]Find out more »
Hornist BRYCE NAKAOKA, October 4, 2014 at the UH Bandroom. Mr. Nakaoka is 3rd Horn with the United States Coast Guard Band and is Solo Horn in the Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet and the Radiance Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Nakaoka studied with […]Find out more »
Pianist CONRAD TAO, April 11, 2015 at UH Music Dept, Room 36. Mr. Tao has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by […]Find out more »
The world-famous violinist MIDORI, April 9, 2016, Orvis Auditorium. Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist. In recognition of the breadth and quality of her work in these three entirely […]Find out more »
Violinist Ga-Hyun Cho, April 9, 2016. Ms. Cho came to international prominence and attention upon winning First Prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition in 2012. Ms. Cho has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic […]Find out more »
Violinist JEFF THAYER, January 13, 2017, Orvis Auditorium. Violinist Jeff Thayer holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thayer is also a founding member of the Camera Lucida chamber music ensemble, in residence […]Find out more »
Trombonist KO-ICHIRO YAMAMOTO, January 14, 2017, Punahou Music School. Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, one of the foremost Japanese trombonists of his generation, is the principal trombonist of the Seattle Symphony, a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Music, and a member […]Find out more »
Residency Schedule Mon, Nov. 27: Masterclass featuring HYS students; UH Orvis, 6:30 PM Tues, Nov. 28: Visit to Kealakehe High School Band; Kailua-Kona, HI Wed, Nov. 29: Recital in Kohala, HI (info: davidshifrin.com) Thur, Nov. 30: Visit to Music in the […]Find out more »