Hatter Hangouts with Stetson Music

To participate, just visit the Stetson School of Music Facebook Page on Saturday evenings 7-8 p.m. for weekly events with these inspiring guest artists. Tune in LIVE to be a part of the conversation with our host, Jamie Clark. You are welcome and encouraged to type in questions throughout the event.

Saturday, June 6, 7-8 p.m., Your Body is Your Strad - Join Uri Vardi from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an accomplished cellist, recitalist, soloist and chamber player, along with Kyle Price, cellist and a member of the Cavani String Quartet, for Your Body is Your Strad, a session that focuses on the importance of awareness to understand functions of the real instrument – your body and mind – to help maximize musical communication and minimize injury in performance through the Feldenkrais Method.

Saturday, June 13, 7-8 p.m., How to Best Record Yourself + Inside Beethoven's Manuscripts - Join Nicholas Kitchen of the New England Conservatory, The Borromeo Quartet and The Heifetz Institute. Kitchen is a solo violinist, chamber musician, teacher, video artist, technology innovator and arts administrator.

Saturday, June 20, 7-8 p.m., Finding Your Own Path - Join Eric Jacobsen, music director with the Orlando Philharmonic and co-artistic director and conductor for The Knights, an adventurous orchestra he formed to foster the intimacy of chamber music on the orchestral stage.

Saturday, June 27, 7-8 p.m., The Art of Interpretation: Cultivating a Relationship with the Score - Join Roger Tapping and Astrid Schween of the Juilliard School of Music and The Juilliard Quartet, a classical music-string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School. Since the Quartet's inception, it has been the quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School, and has received numerous awards, including four Grammys and membership in the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame. In February 2011, the group received the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award for its outstanding contributions to recorded classical music.

Saturday, June 28, 7-8 p.m., Finding Inspiration in the Practice Room - Join David and Phillip Ying of the Eastman School of Music, The Ying Quartet and Bowdoin International Music Festival. The Ying Quartet is an American string quartet. The Ying siblings, from Winnetka, Illinois, formed the quartet in 1988 while studying at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. It is the quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and frequently teaches at the Bowdoin International Music Festival

Saturday, July 11, 7-8 p.m., Why Theory? - Join Stetson School of Music's Peter Smucker, assistant professor of Music Theory, director of Music Theory, overseeing all core music theory, aural training and functional keyboard courses at Stetson, an Alexander Martin, assistant professor of Music Theory and Lonnie Hevia, visiting professor of music, to discuss how knowledge of music theory can enliven the student experience of (and engagement with) music.

Saturday, July 18, 7-8 p.m., Learning the Art of Critical Listening - Join Stetson School of Music's Jessica Speak, adjunct professor of Music, Clarinet, along with Lynn Musco, professor of Music, Clarinet, coordinator of Woodwind Studies, Artist and Clinician Buffet Crampon, and Douglas Phillips, director of Bands, associate professor of Music, Conducting, for a seminar on critical listening.

Saturday, July 25, 7-8 p.m., Life After Stetson - An Evening with Alumni - Meet Stetson Music alumni Griffin Weber, adjunct professor of music and musician with Space Coast Symphony, Sovereign Brass Union, Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra and Southern Winds; and Katie Harrell, a former Fulbright Scholar and member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a 60-member company of musicians and dancers that specializes in the performing arts of Bali, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Others include Francisco Vila, a cellist and native of Ecuador, who appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Santander Festival Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, the Central Florida Orchestra and all principal orchestras of his native Ecuador; and Jesse Christeson, cellist of dynamic Boston-based ensembles Hub New Music and Phoenix: The Orchestra Reborn, and a recurring guest of Ensemble New SRQ in Sarasota. As a member of the 2014-2015 Tanglewood New Fromm Players, he twice featured in Hong Kong’s contemporary festival The Intimacy of Creativity. Prior to moving to Boston, Christeson was tenured as principal cellist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 7-8 p.m., Pianistic Perspective: The Art of Collaboration - Join Stetson School of Music's own Hannah Sun, adjunct professor of music in piano, Yohann Ripert, assistant professor of French, and Kenny Lee, adjunct professor of music in conducting. Hannah Sun, a graduate of the Juilliard School, is an active soloist, chamber musician, composer-improviser, teacher, and poet who has performed in concert halls around the world. In addition to his academic career, Yohann Ripert is a concert pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School. He has appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. Cellist and Conductor, Kenny Lee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Halls' Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and the Eastman Kodak Theatre. He holds his Doctorate Degree from the New England Conservatory and additional degrees from NEC and the Eastman School of Music.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 7-8 p.m., Breathing and Simple Biofeedback for Music Performance Anxiety + Navigating Professional Life after Undergrad - Join Chadley Ballantyne, assistant professor of music in voice, and Daniel Ferri adjunct faculty of saxophone for this final Hatter Hangout. Ballentine has performed in operas across the U.S., was a co-instructor at the 2018 Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a contributing author to The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan. Ferri has performed throughout the world and U.S. as a saxophonist with orchestras and regional theaters, including the Naples Philharmonic and Orlando Philharmonic.