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Loyola hosts Gulf Coast viola festival

February 19, 2010

Viola players from all over the region will converge on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 20 for the Gulf Coast Viola Society’s annual viola festival. The day of events will include masterclasses by guest Ralph Fielding from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and performances by student viola ensembles at 4:30 p.m., all taking place in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall.

Tickets for the all-day festival are $20 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds support the Gulf Coast Viola Society. To purchase in advance, contact Bruce Owen, instructor of viola at Loyola, at bruceowen@aol.com or call 504-865-2098.

Fielding is a viola artist-in-residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Fla., and teaches each summer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Previously, he taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles and Texas Tech University. He is active as a clinician at music programs around the country and has given masterclasses at such institutions as Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute, DePaul University, the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University, the New World Symphony and the Colburn School.

The Gulf Coast Viola Society is a chapter of the American Viola Society.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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