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Monday, February 15, 2010

Mark O'Connor announces 2010 String Camps in NYC & TN

O'Connor Violin Method Gaining Traction Among Teachers, Students Mark O'Connor, the multi-Grammy-Award-winning composer and violinist, has announced the opening of registration for his 2010 String Camps in New York City and Tennessee. O'Connor has gathered the world's top violinists, violists and cellists to give intermediate, advanced and professional string players an extraordinary week of instruction and performance at each camp. The camps will also offer teacher training courses in the new O'Connor Violin Method, which has been widely praised since its debut in fall 2009 as "an American grown rival to the Suzuki method" (The New Yorker). It was inspired by his students and by his belief that those who learn to play the "rich stream of American music" (as the Wall Street Journal recently described the O'Connor Method) will enjoy playing music for a lifetime. Teachers who have been trained in the Method have been wildly enthusiastic, calling it "inspiring" and "an incredible opportunity to enrich and engage future generations." (See more praise from teachers below.)

Watch a video about the O'Connor Violin Method:

Watch a video featuring Mark O'Connor and teachers and students from his string camps:

The second annual New York City camp will run July 26-30, 2010 at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Society for Ethical Culture. More than 200 students at the inaugural camp in 2009 experienced an inspiring week of instruction in a multitude of string playing styles from O'Connor and from some of the world's finest performers and teachers in jazz, classical, folk fiddling and world music. To register and for more details and a list of instructors, visit

O'Connor's first Fiddle Camp was held in Tennessee in 1994. This year, the camp will take place June 21 - 25, at the campus of the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, TN. To register and for more details and a list of instructors, visit

Read the Wall Street Journal article about the O'Connor Violin Method:

More about Mark O'Connor:

Testimonials from teachers trained in the O'Connor Violin Method at last summer's NYC string camp:"His method is SO kid friendly in a way no other is!""The teacher training class in NYC was more than I ever imagined it would be. I feel so lucky to have had this 'once in a lifetime' experience.""I am going forth with renewed strength of my convictions regarding music!""This new Method is so exciting and inspiring!""I can't wait to take this Method home and share it with my students.""Thank you for creating a Method based on American music that isstudent-centered. I am proud to be a part of this new movement in string education.""Thank you for offering this wonderful 'new' Method based on old traditions. This is an incredible opportunity to enrich and engage future generations of violins!!!"
"Words cannot express what your music will mean to all the kids I teach. "


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