American Viola Society Festival 2020

American Viola Society Festival
June 3-6, 2020
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Mark your calendars for the 2020 American Viola Society Festival, 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 to include: Jennifer Stumm, Victoria Chiang,Yizhak Schotten, Dmitri Murrath, Doris Preucil, Karen Ritscher, Ellen Rose, 2018 Primrose Winner Haesue Lee, the Nashville Symphony Viola Section, and 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. 

Other 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, Sarah Cote, Anthony Devroye, Duo Prism (Loïc Abdelfettah, viola and Quentin Rebuffet, cello), Christina Ebersohl, Chris Farrell, Ralph Fielding, Christiana Fortune-Reader, Gwen Franz, 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, Laura Marko, Katrin Meidell, Melissa Melendez, Eva Mondragon, Gabrielle Padilla, Pemi Paull, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Linda Piatt, Kathryn Plummer, Dwight Pounds, Wendy Richman, Rhonda Reagan, Ann Roggen, Julie Bamberger Roubik, Christine Rutledge, Conrad Sclar, Shizuka Duo (Hannah Rose Nicholas and Samuel Kelder), 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, and Kristina Zeinstra.

AVS Competitions: The AVS Youth Solo Competition, Youth Ensemble Invitational, and Orchestral Audition Competition and Seminar offer opportunities for pre-college and pre-professional violists to perform, learn from master artists, and win awards. Preliminary round submissions are due December 15, 2019. Teachers and competitors, please download the guidelines via the links on this page. Live final rounds are open to the public on Wednesday, June 3, 2020!

Large Group Performance Opportunity: All attendees may 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!

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!

Event registration coming soon. Stay tuned for more details!

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. We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville!