Carmel Bach Festival Hosts Second Annual Circle of Strings Training Workshop November 22 and 23

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmel Bach Festival, a world-class festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S.Bach, is holding the second annual Circle of Strings training workshop for string students, teachers and advanced players November 22 and 23. Participants will have the opportunity to learn baroque styles directly from Carmel Bach Festival musicians over four separate classes. Members of the community are also welcome to experience the event for free as audience members.

Violinist Emlyn Ngai and cellist Paul Rhodes will lead the workshop sessions taking place at Carmel Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street in downtown Carmel. Ngai is the associate concertmaster of the Carmel Bach Festival, and performs extensively across Canada and the U.S. as a member of the Adaskin String Trio. Additionally, he teaches at the Hartt School, where he also co-directs the Collegium Musicum. Rhodes performs with the Carmel Bach Festival each summer, is a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and coaches both the Young Performer's Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Youth Orchestra.

"The creation of the Circle of Strings program is just one aspect of the Carmel Bach Festival's mission to provide more inclusive access to music on a year-round basis and to offer opportunities to experience the joy of making music together," said Julia Robertson, Carmel Bach Festival's Community Engagement Manager. "This year's expansion of the Circle of Strings to include a workshop for music teachers and students to train and learn together and work throughout the year will continue to raise youth music in this area to a higher level. Last year's students made very observable progress in the short, intensive time they trained onstage in the master class and played as a group in the workshop, and Emlyn Ngai's enthusiasm as an educator provided a very authentic, safe and nurturing experience for the students to learn new skills from a baroque expert."

Circle of Strings kicks off with "Speaking Baroque for Strings Part 1" on November 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This session for all participants provides an inside look at baroque string playing such as bowing technique, articulation and music phrasing. Part 2 that afternoon (2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) is aimed at teachers and advanced players, and provides a deeper exploration into notation, ornamentation and improvisation.

Up to three students and two pre-formed ensembles will be chosen for the cello master class November 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. upon teacher recommendations to work directly with Rhodes on specific repertoire choices. A violin and viola master class from Ngai takes place on November 23 from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. for up to five participants, who will also be selected based on teacher referrals. Music selections should include an extra part of piano score.

Tuition for participants ranges from $30 to $110. Scholarship opportunities are also available. For more information about tuition, scholarships and other requirements, please visit:

About Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S.Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. The world-class festival of music and ideas provides fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways. Paul Goodwin is now in his fifth season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and is known for his background as a professional oboist, Grammy nominee, and winner of the prestigious Handel Prize. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935 on the premise that Carmel-by-the-Sea should become the epicenter of world-class music, art and cultural expression. The 78th annual season will take place July 18 through August 1, 2015. For more information regarding Carmel Bach Festival events:

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Source: Carmel Bach Festival