Upcoming Music Matters Events


Join us this fall for a series of carefully curated conversations and workshops, hosted by NEPACMS Executive Director, John Vaida.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the musical landscape of our country. Within the blink of an eye concert halls, school music programs, and other performance venues have fallen silent. Here at NEPACMS we are looking forward to a time when we will be able to make music for you again. Until then we are taking the opportunity to explore matters in music and why it matters. We hope you will join us!

Saturday, October 3, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Fifteen Minutes to a Better Left Hand

Dr. Theodore Buchholz, cello professor and head of strings at University of Arizona, performer, and a nationally recognized researcher, gives an interactive session exploring creative strategies for forming a fifteen-minute regiment designed to develop or enhance a highly effective left hand. Within this fifteen-minute workout a wide array of technical ideas will be covered including left hand set up, intonation, ear-to-hand coordination, efficiency, relaxation, coordination, shifting, and vibrato. Mix, match, and adapt the concepts from this session to tailor make a fifteen minute workout that works for your or your student’s hand as your own creative application of exercises really solidifies technique. Bring your instrument to participate in this interactive session!

Saturday, October 17, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Music Business

Dr. Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts (Miami, Florida), Artistic Director of Killington Music Festival in (Killington, Vermont), and artistic director and principal conductor of Alhambra Orchestra in Miami, shares his experiences and views on the workings of the music business, and answers questions from those aspiring to enter into the music world.

Saturday, November 7, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Stringed Instruments Inside and Out

Colin Maki, dealer and consultant in fine and rare stringed instruments, and Jerry Lynn, a restorer of stringed instruments with decades of industry experience share their expertise on instruments and their insight into the dealings of the industry.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Broken Bows

Bring your instruments for an interactive session to hone your right arm skills! John Vaida will explore a methodical approach to bow division and its artistic application to repertoire. Exercises and repertoire have been selected for use on any bowed string instrument. Learn how the study of bow distribution can develop a focused sustained tone, build rhythmic accuracy, fulfill musical conception, and lead to artistic freedom.

These Music Matters programs are presented free of charge, thanks to the support in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.