Enrich your musicality and expand your creativity with specific, customized instruction for the Violin and Viola.

Enrich your musicality and expand your creativity with specific, customized instruction for the Violin and Viola.

PERFORMANCE INSTRUCTION

Individual Lessons

Violin and Viola, beginning through professional levels. Teen and adult focused. Fee: 85/hour;      115/ 1.5 hours. Contact: Nora Williams (violin/viola) for audition/interview.

Foundational Violin Techniques

String Instruments – One octave scales with a variety of bowings. Solo pieces and Ensemble pieces. Fee: 35. Contact: Nora Williams

Yearlong Coaching Program: Creating the 21st Century Musician

Transformational and practical program for Violin or Viola, equipped to unleash the compelling musician that resides within. Intense musical focus; Multi-faceted development of individual musician; Individual coaching and group instruction; Complementary techniques including meditation, Feldenkrais, removal of limiting subconscious beliefs with Psych-K technology, Professional and entrepreneurial mindset; Mastermind participation; Solo and Chamber Music Performances; Development of quantum-based paradigm of artistry, collaboration, and adherence to Universal Principles. Contact Nora Williams for application/audition details.

Expansive Performance Techniques

All instruments; Must be comfortable with two octave scales in several keys. The first 20 minutes include practice of breath control techniques, tension/relaxation exercises, pre-performance stretching, and a brief meditation, or going inside practice, all designed to help you put yourself into an inspired performance mode that will serve you well in other parts of your life, too. Group scales; Solo pieces with or without piano accompaniment. Fee: 50. Contact: Nora Williams

The friendships developed in chamber music at Ossia Musical Forum are special.
— Carol Kyros-Walker, Violin

Chamber Music Academy

For all string and wind instruments with at least three years playing experience. We examine the chamber music repertoire in a collaborative learning environment. We rehearse and perform works from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras while cultivating a deeper appreciation for and connection to the music, to ourselves, and to our colleagues. We study specific works to perceive the form, structure, phrasing, and beauty that will deepen our understanding and build performance and ensemble skills while increasing our perception and sensitivity. Rehearsals are coached and the schedule is tailored to each group's availability. A variety of levels is welcome from first-time chamber musicians to experienced amateurs.

This is a relaxed learning environment where our communication and musical skills are honed with fellow musicians and filled with camaraderie. Our desire is that our musicians understand that they all have an important voice worth sharing with their musical colleagues for the collective benefit. Spring/Fall Session fee: 295; Summer Session fee 275.  Contact: Nora Williams

Collaborative Coaching with Piano

Voice, Strings, and Woodwinds Fee: 55/hour or 50/hour (5 or more sessions) Contact: Larry Simon

Performance Workshops

Improve your mind and strengthen your body with instructors certified in the Feldenkrais method. This workshop is available to all musicians with any instrument and is excellent for improving performance technique. The first 20 minutes include practice of breath control techniques, tension/relaxation exercises, pre-performance stretching, and a brief meditation (a "going inside" practice), all designed to help you put yourself into an inspired performance mode that will also serve you well in other parts of your life. Must be comfortable with two octave scales in several keys.  Solo pieces with or without piano accompaniment. Fee: 50. Group rates available. Feldenkrais Workshop Dates to be announced; see Calendar, or sign up for updates here, or contact: Ossia Musical Forum

Nora brings perspective and patience to the process of cultivating the internal musical observer, creating an accelerated transformation in one’s playing.
— Gina Ellison, Viola
The culture of Ossia Musical Forum creates an environment where we are encouraged to make music using the wholeness of who we are…so much more than a music lesson.
— Jennifer Brown, Violin

Student Forum

Calder Wishne, [calderw@gmail.comwho sings in the Apollo Chorus Presents Bach's Mass in B-minor has been active in the Ossia Musical Forum community as a violinist, pianist and oboist over the last couple of years. We are proud to feature news of his next performance on our site.

The Apollo Chorus is known for its masterful performances of some of the most beloved repertoire in choral music. Our Choral Classics concert reprises Bach's Mass in B minor, considered Bach's most profound and beautiful music. Johann Sebastian Bach spent the last years of his life undertaking what he knew would be his final great achievement. We welcome soprano Scherazade Panthaki and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba. Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh and tenor Charles Blandy will make their Apollo debuts. 

  • Free Parking in the garage next to the concert hall
  • Ticket prices:  
    Main Floor :$40 in advance, $45 at door
    Balcony: $35 in advance, $40 at door
    Student: $15-$20 in advance, $20-$25 at door
  • Free 30 minute pre-concert talk by Music Director Stephen Alltop at 6:30 pm

Advanced tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com