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Vardi Recital, April 24

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On Sunday, I will be presenting a recital featuring pieces written by or for the multi-talented violist Emanuel Vardi, with a slideshow featuring a sample of his recording studio output and his colorful and iconic artwork. I am delighted to … Continue reading

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Emanuel Vardi’s Copyrights

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As a working musician, Emanuel Vardi paid careful attention to securing his intellectual property rights.  At the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, I searched the entire collection to find records spanning roughly 5 decades of his active and … Continue reading

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Continuing the search for my “Musical Match”

Finding my “musical match” in a viola has become a very drawn-out quest.  Unfortunately, I have to weigh out my budget constraints (of course), with my own physical limitations – which have compounded with a diagnosis of scoliosis…  Meaning, I … Continue reading

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Roelof Weertman’s 1972 Viola

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In December, my viola developed several open seams, causing it to buzz loudly.  Two hours from any luthier, and deep into the end-of-the-semester crush of performances and juries, one of my good friends generously loaned me her viola. She mentioned … Continue reading

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Compositions and Arrangements by Manny Vardi

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Emanuel Vardi, primarily recognized for his virtuosic viola playing, was also a skilled arranger and composer.  For my doctoral project, I am currently in the process of tracking down his compositions.  If you know of other compositions and especially if … Continue reading

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Musical Mishaps – Broken Bow

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During an orchestra concert last week, my bow broke!  On the second to last page of the Grieg piano concerto, I felt a little snap and my bow hair went slack.  As principal violist, I had to lead my section … Continue reading

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G. H. Blair Viola

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To continue my ongoing saga of seeking my viola “match,” I recently came across a viola at a violin shop in Portland, Oregon, which made my heart skip.  A gorgeous viola made in 1912 by G. H. Blair of Spokane, … Continue reading

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Emanuel Vardi

For my doctoral project, I am in the process of researching about the life and legacy of the versatile violist, Emanuel (“Manny”) Vardi.  Combining both my training as a violist and archivist, I have been amazed my journey to understand … Continue reading

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Exciting performances in July

July has been a busy month! Last night, I performed with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus as part of the Sister Singers Network festival at Krannert.  I soloed on viola with them for two pieces: a beautiful and haunting piece … Continue reading

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Addressing The Violin/Viola Set Up

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Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the set up of violin and viola players.  One would think that to improve as a musician, one must practice, practice, and practice – which is entirely true, but it is also … Continue reading

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