Join us for four days of virtual master classes and presentations by Jacobs School of Music faculty and guests. Take advantage of this online opportunity by becoming part of our chamber music community at a distance. Pre-formed groups will be coached by outstanding musicians who bring their experience to the sessions and offer musical depth and insight in this online environment.
Applicants who are not in a pre-formed group may choose to participate as observers for these master classes and will come away with inspiration and greater understanding for personal music study. Our focus will be on chamber groups of piano and strings, or strings only, that are seeking an enriching experience.
We welcome multiple levels of musicians.
Coaching, lecture-recitals, mindfulness sessions, and master classes will be offered. Pre-formed groups' participants will have the opportunity to attend all master classes and presentations and to receive expert coaching in one master class.
Auditors will have access to all master classes and presentations but will not perform in a master class.
Constance Cook teaches at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She has championed contemporary and minority composers, and was formerly president of a chamber music organization. For 20 years, she was on the faculty of chamber music programs in Colorado, including Lamont School of Music Pre-College Academy, which she founded.
Brenda Brenner is Eugene O'Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean (Interim) and associate professor of music in music education at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy.
Frank M. Diaz is associate professor of music in music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An active scholar and teacher in the field of contemplative science, he is also affiliate faculty for the IU Cognitive Science program and co-director of the IU Music and Mind Lab.
Hailing from Israel, Korea-Canada, Saint Lucia, and the USA, the Dior String Quartet is the Bronze Medalist of the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize winner of the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the current Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, studying under the tutelage of Pacifica Quartet. Formed in Fall 2018, the quartet participated in a variety of programs, including a fully sponsored residency at the Britten-Pears Young Artists Program in the UK, McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, SLSQ Seminar at Stanford University. They held the Fellowship Quartet position at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Virginia and the 2019 Beethoven-Haus Residency at Indiana University. The Dior Quartet collaborated with Orion Weiss, Victor Yampolsky, and performed in a joint concert with the Pacifica Quartet in 2019. The Quartet was accepted into the 2020 Evolution: Quartet Program at the Banff Music Centre. The Quartet will participate as a finalist of the 2021 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition and will be making its debut with the Schneider Concert Series in January 2021.
Jorja Fleezanis is adjunct professor emerita of music in orchestral studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Fleezanis was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009—the longest-tenured concertmaster in the orchestra's history and only the second woman in the U.S. to hold the title of concertmaster in a major orchestra when appointed.
Simin Ganatra is professor of music in violin and chair of the Strings Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is also first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in-residence. Ganatra has won wide recognition for her performances throughout the United States and abroad.
Hilary Glen, cellist, has been praised as a “standout performer.” She is assistant principal with The Atlanta Opera, principal with the Columbus Symphony, and section member of the Atlanta Ballet and Des Moines Metro Opera. She has worked with distinguished musicians including Janos Starker, Alan Harris, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Sun Min Kim serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Denison University. He has been a prizewinner of national competitions such as the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, MTNA, and International Crescendo Music Awards. He holds the DMA degree in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music.
Futaba Niekawais lecturer in music (chamber and collaborative music) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Niekawa earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. She is dedicated to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice. She shares her passion through workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar and has been invited as a guest teacher at universities in North America including the University of Calgary, University of Northern Colorado, Brandon University, and the University of Central Missouri.
IU Jacobs School of Music alumna Shelley Taylor has more than 30 years of professional experience as a yoga instructor in the Bloomington, Indiana, community. In addition to having lead master classes in yoga and working with Jacobs faculty and students, she has served as adjunct yoga faculty at the IU Department of Kinesiology since 2006.
Brandon Vamos is professor of practice (cello) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a member of the Pacifica Quartet, the school's quartet-in-residence. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide and has collaborated with many distinguished artists. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, he won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and the Cleveland Quartet Award, in addition to being named Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year.
Stephen Wyrczynski is professor of music in viola at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he has been on faculty since 2010. He has been an artist-faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2006. Wyrczynski was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, joining in 1992.
10 minutes or one piece of recorded material of the ensemble applying to participate as performers in a master class. We prefer either an mp3 file or a youtube link e-mailed to our office, but applicants also may choose to mail the recording as CD or DVD. We are not responsible for late, damaged, or unreadable materials. Mail materials only (no checks please; see your registration invoice for information on where to send a check)