Retreat for Violin & Viola Teachers

Faculty

Mimi Zweig is currently a professor of violin and director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Japan and Europe. She has recently produced StringPedagogy.com, an innovative web-based teaching tool. In the spring of 2006, American Public Television released the Emmy nominated documentary, "Circling Around-The Violin Virtuosi" which features String Academy students. The String Academy and Mimi Zweig are recent recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation grant which supports the teaching of gifted violinists. Her students have won numerous competitions, and teach and perform worldwide.

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Brenda Brenner is Associate Professor of Music Education in the IU Jacobs School of Music and Assistant Director of the IU String Academy. She specializes in the area of string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and Europe. Prior to her arrival at IU, Dr. Brenner was Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College. Active as a performer, she received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg, Donald Weilerstein, and the Cleveland Quartet. A member of the award-winning Augustine Quartet, she was a finalist or prize winner in several competitions, including the Banff International Quartet Competition, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Cleveland Competition, and has worked with the Cleveland, Toyko, Juilliard, American and Emerson Quartets.

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James Przygocki is Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming where he teaches viola, violin pedagogy and music education courses. In addition to his work with university students Mr. Przygocki teaches pre-college students for the String Academy of Wyoming and is the director of University of Wyoming String Project. Mr. Przygocki is active as a performer, conductor and clinician. He performs regularly with University of Wyoming faculty as a member of the Summit Chamber Players and serves as principal violist with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed in Europe, China, Brazil, and around the U.S. He has recorded for AK/Coburg, CRI and Indiana University Press. His viola transcriptions have been published by One World Strings.

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Sherry Sinift is the director of the String Academy of Wyoming, a member of the Summit Chamber Players, adjunct faculty member of the University of Wyoming and Administrative Coordinator and Supervising Teacher for the UW String Project. Ms. Sinift is former associate concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the United States and Europe as a member of the Hawthorne Quartet . Ms. Sinift has built exceptional violin classes at the String Academy of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University and Indiana University. She holds a MM in performance from Indiana University and a BM in performance from Western Michigan University. Her influential teachers included Tadeusz Wronski, Mimi Zweig, Rostislav Dubinsky, and Gerald Fischbach.

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Rebecca Henry holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at The Peabody Institute, where she teaches violin pedagogy and mentors students in the Masters of Performance/Pedagogy degree in The Conservatory, and chairs the Peabody Preparatory String Department where she teaches violin and viola and directs Peabody's Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, for which she received funding from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Viola at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and performs with the Kegelstatt Trio. Ms. Henry has given master classes and teacher workshops throughout the U.S. and her former students are performing and teaching around the world.

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Elizabeth Zempel has studied the violin with Mimi Zweig at the String Academy of Wisconsin and received her MM degree from Indiana University. She currently oversees a large and active string program and teaches pedagogy in Milwaukee at Falls Baptist College.