10/06/2013 - 6:24am EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
I haven't had the opportunity to hear cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) in a live concert. A good colleague of mine attended his concerts and described a scene where this big Russian man would... Read More
08/15/2013 - 3:49pm EDT by
Janellen Farmer
Dear Friends, I just wanted to update you in all things musical for the coming Fall at St. Matthew's. Chancel Choir will resume on Sunday, September 8th, rehearsal at 9:30 followed by service... Read More
05/03/2013 - 12:19pm EDT by
Adam Sweet
What's the difference between Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic? Not much, as it turns out: Scottish Gaelic is basically just an older, more conservative form of Irish Gaelic.  The Scots or... Read More
05/03/2013 - 12:16pm EDT by
Adam Sweet
A suggested list of violin studies (books) The following violin repertoire lists have been compiled over many years of teaching and experience by Mimi Zweig and Dorothy Delay. They serve as a... Read More
05/03/2013 - 12:15pm EDT by
Adam Sweet
What is "Traditional" Irish Music: 18th Century Postcolonial Secular Dance Music and Song, Of Course! When people talk about "traditional" irish music, they are referring to the music that was... Read More
05/03/2013 - 12:13pm EDT by
Adam Sweet
A Fantastic Resource For Students (and players) of 18th and 19th Century Postcolonial Irish Dance Music There was a blog about Irish music - "Ceol Alainn - Rare Recordings of Traditional Irish... Read More
04/16/2013 - 9:29pm EDT by
Susan Anders Brizick
There are many facets to singing as most music educators know. Breath support, posture, and communication of the song are the most important. Does the average person know about these things as well... Read More
03/11/2013 - 1:13pm EDT by
Ghenady Meirson
MET competition winners from Philadelphia include Soprano Sydney Mancasola (AVA), bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana (AVA) and bass-baritone Brandon Cedel (Curtis). I work with all three artists, so yes,... Read More
03/04/2013 - 2:01pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
This is where it gets interesting. Met Grand Finals concert is really not about winning the competition. It is about getting on industry radar. Opera companies' bosses around the country are... Read More
03/03/2013 - 4:35pm EST by
Ghenady Meirson
It is a treat when a famed stage director Tito Capobianco brings his magic to AVA. On the first hearing, I discovered a moving and beautiful opera by Massenet. Yes, as AVA faculty I am bias, but... Read More