NEPACMS Presents “Music Matters”


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, September 5, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Sprightly Duos

John Vaida and Amy Iwazumi will give a virtual concert to kick off the Music Matters Series from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral featuring violin and viola duets of Mozart and Rolla. The concert will be performed on two 18th-century Italian instruments including a violin by Antonio Stradivari. This concert is free, and a link to the video will be provided to those registered.

Saturday, September 12, 2020
7:00 PM ET

All Things Broadway

Wade Preston, pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger; and Jonathan Weber, violinist; have both played thousands of shows on Broadway and have countless stories to tell of their adventures on and off Broadway, on stage and behind the scenes.

Saturday, October 3, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Cello Workshop

Dr. Theodore Buchholz, cello professor and head of strings at University of Arizona, performer, and a nationally recognized researcher, gives a workshop on cello technique and performance, with a Q&A 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.