American Viola Society Festival
June 3-6, 2020
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Held at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the festival will feature established and emerging viola performers, educators, composers, scholars, luthiers, and enthusiasts in concerts, competitions, masterclasses, lectures, workshops, seminars, and exhibits, including:
Special Guest Artists include: Jennifer Stumm, Victoria Chiang, David Perry, Yizhak Schotten, Mathew Lipman, Dmitri Murrath, Doris Preucil, Karen Ritscher, Ellen Rose, 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition winner Jordan Bak, 2018 Primrose Competition winner Haesue Lee, the Nashville Symphony Viola Section, violists of the Knoxville Symphony, and many more!
Festival presenters will perform recitals and share research on a wide variety of viola repertoire and present workshops and masterclasses on viola pedagogy and technique. Confirmed performers and presenters include: Jacob Adams, Brian Alegant, Joelle Arnhold, Ruben Balboa, Ayn Balija, Barbara Beechey, Claudine Bigelow, Andrew Braddock, Kathryn Brown, Nils Bultmann, Philippe Chao, Sarah Cote, Anthony Devroye, Duo Prism (Loïc Abdelfettah, viola and Quentin Rebuffet, cello), Christina Ebersohl, Christopher Farrell, Ralph Fielding, Christiana Fortune-Reader, Gwen Franz, Misha Galaganov, Rachel White Galvin, Molly Gebrian, Daphne Gerling, Elias Goldstein, Joyce Chan Grabell, Lillian Green, Kimia Hesabi, William Johnston, Lauren Burns Hodges, Andrea Houde, Samara Humbert-Hughes, Sigrid Karlstrom, Nina Kiken, Michael Kimber, Davis King, Nina Bledsoe Knight, Jerzy Kosmala, Anna Krzyzak, Ricardo Kubala, Anne Lanzilotti, Myrna Layton, Hannah Levinson, Katherine Lewis, Angela Lois, Katrin Meidell, Melissa Melendez, Eva Mondragon, Gabrielle Padilla, Pemi Paull, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Linda Piatt, Kathryn Plummer, Dwight Pounds, Wendy Richman, Ann Roggen, Julie Bamberger Roubik, Christine Rutledge, Laura Manko Sahin, Conrad Sclar, Shizuka Duo (Hannah Rose Nicholas and Samuel Kelder), Sheronda Shorter and the Kentuckiana Viola Choir, Kathryn Steely, Tom Tatton, Jacob Tews, Alexander Trygstad, Alicia Valoti, Lanson Wels, Lauretta Werner, Juliet White-Smith, Molly Wilkens-Reed, Gregory Williams, Rose Wollman, Laurel Yu, Kristina Zeinstra, and more!
Competitions: Watch the live final rounds of the AVS Festival Competitions on Wednesday, June 3! Admission included with festival registration. Plan to arrive in time to hear the live finals of the AVS Festival Youth Solo Competitions on Wednesday morning, and the Orchestral Audition Competition Finals and Seminar on Wednesday afternoon!
Masterclasses at the 2020 AVS Festival will be given by: Ralph Fielding, Dimitri Murrath, Doris Preucil, Karen Ritscher, Yitzhak Schotten, Jennifer Stumm, Juliet White-Smith, and Emerging Artists Andrew Braddock, Eve Mondragon and Jacob Tews.
Large Group Performance Opportunity: All attendees are invited to participate in the world premiere of a viola ensemble work commissioned for the 2020 American Viola Society Festival! Christian Colberg, Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is composing this year’s mass ensemble work and will be on hand to lead the group! Rehearsals are Thursday-Saturday mornings of the festival, culminating in a Saturday afternoon premiere performance!
Vendor Exhibits: Attendees will have the opportunity to explore instruments, bows, accessories, and sheet music from a variety of vendors throughout the course of the festival!
Special Events: The 2020 AVS Festival features two special opportunities to experience Knoxville! First, catch up with old friends and make new ones on our Sunset Welcome Cruise, sailing right after our early evening concert on Wednesday, June 3. Your ticket includes a full dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages as you enjoy the sunset on a full two-hour Tennessee River cruise on The Star of Knoxville, an authentic paddlewheel vessel. Then finish your 2020 AVS Festival experience with a Taste of Knoxville! Your $20 ticket includes a commemorative AVS Festival pint glass, plus discounts at some of the hottest restaurants and brewpubs in Knoxville’s Central District. It will be great way to wrap up your festival experience, plus a fun memento you’ll cherish for years to come.
The 2020 AVS Festival will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee, a vibrant city within driving distance of much of the Eastern United States and only twenty minutes from McGhee Tyson Airport. Please come join us in Knoxville!