September 6-8, 2018
The 24th annual String Institute will be held at Stetson University's historic DeLand campus. Young string players will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a range of exciting musical experiences under the guidance of Stetson University faculty artists. It is intended primarily for high-school students; however, talented younger players will be considered. String Institute events include:
- Chamber Orchestra and smaller ensembles
- Master classes with Stetson faculty
- University Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and Chamber Orchestra concert
- Institute concert
The schedule for 2018 will be posted soon. For now, please refer to the 2017 schedule below for a rough outline of all our activities.
All students will audition for the Institute's ensembles on Thursday evening. Students should prepare excerpts from both of the following pieces:
Overture to Semiramide by Rossini, arr. Lipton
Elegie by Tchaikovsky
Suggested Area Hotels
- Hampton Inn, DeLand, 30 Summit Oak Place, 386-279-7808
- DeLand Comfort Inn, 400 E. International Speedway Blvd., 386-736-3100
Anthony Hose is conductor of the Stetson University Symphony and Chamber orchestras. He was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, where he first studied piano, clarinet, double bass and conducting. Hose is principal conductor of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of the Beaumaris Festival in Wales. He has been a guest conductor with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Icelandic Symphony, L'Opéra de Lyons and Munich Bach Collegium.
Routa Kroumovitch, originally from Riga, Latvia, is professor of violin. She began her musical studies at the age of four and continued study at the Riga Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and the Universidad de Chile. She has held positions as first violin of the Santiago Chamber Orchestra and concert mistress for both the Chilean Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras. She has performed internationally in Europe, China, Israel, Japan and Canada, and continues an active career as soloist chamber musician and international judge.
Jesus Alfonzo is associate professor of viola and music history, as creator of the Viola Consort at Stetson University. He earned his doctor and master of performance degrees from Michigan State University, and his post-graduate diploma from the Juilliard School. Alfonzo was the principal violist of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, performs internationally as a soloist, and has taught viola in the Conservatorio de Musica Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, the University of Musical Studies in Caracas, Colegio Emil Friedman in Venezuela and Jackson Symphony Orchestra School of Music in Michigan.
David Bjella is associate professor of cello and coordinator of chamber music, as well as founder of the Cello Choir at Stetson University. Bjella is also the cellist of the Inman Piano Trio and a member of the Memphis-based IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Bjella has had an active orchestral career, which includes principal roles with the Orlando Philharmonic and the Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well as section jobs with the Cincinnati, Baltimore and Des Moines Symphony orchestras. Bjella received degrees from Drake University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Michael Hill is one of the most sought-after orchestral bass players and teachers in the Southeastern U.S. As a performer, he currently holds the position of Principal Bass of the Orlando Philharmonic as well as performing with the Naples Philharmonic and the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. As a teacher, Hill is on staff at Florida Southern College, Rollins College, Stetson University and the University of Central Florida. He is sponsored by Solano Basses and endorsed by D'Addario Strings.
Registration deadline: August 31, 2018
Tuition: $35 (includes instruction and t-shirt)
Check-in will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. Students will need permission to be absent from school on Friday, September 7. Participants are responsible for housing and meals. Concert attire is required. Men may wear a black or white dress-shirt and black pants; women may wear all black.
If you have any questions please contact:
- Sara Scarpelli, Director of Community Engagement
- (386) 822-8962