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Viola Festival

The 2019 Viola Festival, in collaboration with Gulf Coast Viola Society, presents a centennial celebration of the Berkshire Festival Competition featuring a number of viola master classes, lectures and concerts at Southern Miss. The Festival will also provide educational and outreach programs for local schools and pre-college students. The goal is to promote viola music education, as well as to attract a new audience of string enthusiasts.

Did You Know?

The 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition was an impactful one in the Viola's history, as entries resulted in a tie between Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata and Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Piano. Although the competition sponsor, Ms. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge chose Bloch as the first prize for the competition, the arguments regarding who should have been the winner have continued throughout the decades.

Don't Miss the Centennial Celebration of the Miracle Year–1919

The events and concerts during the 2019 Viola Festival at the Southern Miss campus are free and open to the public.

November 8, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Master Class with Jacob Adams (Intermezzo)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Martele Magic: The secret to a great string sound (Intermezzo)
2:30 – 4:00 pm. The 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition: A Centennial Review Part I (Intermezzo)
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Ensemble reading (Marsh)
6:00 p.m. Nancy Buck Recital (Marsh)


November 9, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Master Class with Nancy Buck
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. The 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition: A Centennial Review Part II
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Andrew Braddock Master Class
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: What does it take to be a professional orchestra musician
6:00 p.m. Viola Festival Final Concert


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