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Midwest Violin Caucus at UNI


Saturday, September 19, 2020

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The Midwest Violin Caucus at UNI is a free event and open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and their teachers. Violinists, violists, cellists and bass players are also invited to perform in this event side-by-side with the Northern Iowa Chamber Orchestra. Full details below.

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cau·cus \ˈkȯ-kəs\

  • a group of people who meet to discuss a particular issue or to work together for a shared goal

Join us at UNI for a day of interactive learning and performing! The 2019 Midwest Violin Caucus will feature violinist and UNI faculty artist Steve Koh who will present masterclasses, sectionals, and perform—with YOU—in the event’s culminating concert in the Great Hall of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Become a member of the Northern Iowa Chamber and Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Rebecca Burkhardt for a day! The rehearsals and performances this year will include: Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B-minor (1700 -10) and Michael Abels’ Urban Legends (2010).

If you would like to be considered as one of the violin soloists for the Vivaldi, please submit a video recording that includes a 5-minute clip of your most recent performance and an unedited run-through of the following excerpt: click here. The video recording should be submitted to sang.koh@uni.edu via a youtube link no later than October 1st.


8:30 - 9 AMCheck-in 
9 - 9:30 AMOrientation/Introduction of Clinicians and Participating UNI students
9:45 - 10:45 AMSectionals/Coachings with Clinicians
11 AM - 12 PMRehearsal with Full Orchestra 
12 - 1 PMLunch (on your own)
1 - 2:30 PMLecture/Masterclass with Steve Koh
2:30 - 4:30 PMDress Rehearsal 
5 PMFinal concert in the Great Hall at UNI

Schultz Strings Shop in Cedar Rapids, IA is a proud supporter of this event. They will be on hand all day to consult and check up on instruments/bows.

Contact music@uni.edu with questions or for more info!

Performing at the event is not required. Any string players (and their teachers) are invited to register as an Observer and see all of the activities throughout the day, as well as the event’s final performance.