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McNally Smith Presents Eclectic Strings Day 2013

Got a thing for strings? Then we’ve got just the event for you! Eclectic Strings Day 2013 takes place this Saturday, April 6th at McNally Smith’s downtown St. Paul campus. String players in middle school through college are encouraged to attend and join renowned jazz violinist Randy Sabien (McNally Smith String Department Head), and guest clinicians/performers Brian Wicklund (bluegrass fiddler) and Matt Turner (improvising cellist) for a day of jamming, performing, listening, and learning. String students will have the opportunity to learn from and play with each of the three clinicians, as well as practice a piece to play at the end of the day performance. Any students interested in playing at the lunchtime open mic are encouraged to bring a piece to play as well!


Eclectic Strings Day 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Who should come?  Strings players in middle school through college
Registration is $10/person and includes lunch. Group discounts are available.
Register online here.

About the clinicians:

Matt Turner

matt_turner01 Matt Turner is regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists.  Also a highly accomplished pianist, Turner performs everything from jazz standards and twentieth century new music to alternative rock and improvised avant-garde.  Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and his Master of Music degree in Third Stream Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen and Joe Maneri, and where he was the recipient of a Distinction in Performance Award.

Brian Wicklund

brianoneeyemedium[1]_categoryAs an eleven and twelve year old, Brian Wicklund started meeting bluegrass and folk musicians in Minnesota. Over the next few years, Brian started winning fiddle contests. With the few other kids in Minnesota who where interested in bluegrass, Brian formed a band called “Bluegrass Connection.”  They won first place at the Minnesota State Fair talent contest in 1980.  Brian is now author of the instructional series “American Fiddle Method,” leader of his own group “The Barley Jacks” and “Brother Mule,” and inspiring teacher in his own “Fiddle Pal” workshops.

Randy Sabien

randy18 Randy Sabien is a pioneer and leader in the world of modern string education.  In 1978 he created the first college degree program for contemporary string performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also teamed up with Bob Phillips, string editor at Alfred Music Publishing, to produce Jazz Philharmonic, an acclaimed comprehensive method for alternative styles on violin, viola, cello and bass. Currently Randy is the founding chair of the String Department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN offering both Bachelors and Masters degrees in alternative string performance.  Wisconsin Public Television produced a one hour live concert of Randy’s “Fiddlehead Band” in 2012 and his group will be the featured guests at the 2013 ASTA conference in Providence, RI.