Aria International Summer Academy
Advanced Music Studies
2019 Season - Mihai Tetel, Director
About the Program
Program Information for the Boot Camp Sessions

These sessions are designed to provide an intensive and in-depth experience for serious students aged 16-28. Workshops, master classes, lectures, and private lessons provide the participants with a wealth of information on technique, musicianship, intelligent practicing, career topics.

Please note: All participants receive instruction through private lessons and/or master classes from all teachers for their instrument in any given session.

All participants will be sent in May a list of suggested repertoire to prepare in order to fully take advantage of what the program has to offer.

Here is a tentative list of master class topics for 2019:


  • Drama, articulation, and dynamics in Mozart concerti (Yon)
  • Voicing in Bach (Fulkerson)
  • Stunning Spiccato & Sautille (Grossman)
  • Why are scales and double stops a beautiful thing? (Bernhardsson)
  • “So, you want to play a Fugue?” (Zazofsky)
  • Breathe your way to better playing (Grossman)
  • The Classical style (Lansdale)
  • The French etudes: Rode, Gavinies, Kreutzer (Grossman, Krysa)
  • Bach – elements of Baroque style (Jolles)
  • The music of Fritz Kreisler (Grossman. Liebenow)
  • Scale gymnasium (Lansdale. Krysa)
  • Shaping musical phrases with gestural pulse in Bach solo partitas (Yon)
  • The art of the etude (Muresanu)
  • Orchestral audition process (Liebenow)
  • Articulation and bow changes (Fulkerson)
  • Rhythm and pacing in the Bach Chaconne (Zazofsky)
  • Intonation – understanding harmonic implications and framing the hand (Jolles)
  • Beyond the notes – the possibility of Art (Chang)
  • Character pieces and slow encores (Muresanu, Krysa)
  • Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo: a practice guide for auditions (Yon)
  • Romances for violin and orchestra: Dvorak, Beethoven, Wieniawski, Vaughan Williams (Liebenow)
  • Mozart concerti (Grossman, Krysa)
  • The art of Romanticism (Jolles)
  • Bow distribution (Bernhardsson)
  • Scale System Study: Galamian, Flesch, Barber, Hrimaly (Grossman)
  • Limber and loose (Lansdale)
  • The art of the Cadenza (Zazofsky)
  • Performance Preparation Practice (Grossman)
  • Bowing with artistry and control (Jolles)
  • Romantic concerti (Krysa, Yon)
  • Importance of breath, muscle release, and focused tactile awareness for deep tone production (Yon)
  • How to approach different styles of music (Bernhardsson)
  • Fast fingers with Sevcik and Schradiek (Fulkerson)
  • Vibrato: incidental, expressive, or none (Zazofsky)
  • The all-important first hour: making the most of your scales and warm-ups (Jolles)


  • Brahms sonatas (Mark, Balderston, Curry, Tetel)
  • Elgar’s Cello Concerto – musical and technical challenges (Uchimura)
  • A historically informed approach to the Bach Suites (Carrai)
  • Left hand efficiency (Balderston)
  • Beethoven sonatas (Kraut, Tetel)
  • Targeting your scale practice towards a well-rounded technique (Mark)
  • Haydn C Major Concerto: a performance and practice guide (Kim, Tetel)
  • Schumann: a world of imagination (Tetel)
  • Deep dive into the Piatti Caprices (Baldwin)
  • Organization! The key to solving many cello problems (Uchimura)
  • Kabalevsky’s 1st Concerto overview (Baldwin)
  • The importance of moving in arcs (Mark)
  • The Swan by Saint-Saens: not as easy as it seems! (Tetel)
  • The 12-minute practice (Rafferty)
  • The short piece: a study of character (Balderston, Tetel)
  • Bow strokes and tone production (Kraut)
  • Six hinges for string playing explored (Baldwin)
  • Orchestral excerpts (Balderston, Rafferty)
  • Dvorak Concerto: thought- provoking revelations in the Urtext edition (Kluksdahl)
  • Developing vibrato (Baldwin)
  • Helga Winold and the bow arm: The Double Pendulum (Kluksdahl)
  • Popper etudes: understanding and conquering their challenges (Tetel)


  • Mozart at the Opera: an inside look at the Mozart concerti first movement expositions (Keeble)
  • The colors and technique of Daphnis and Chloe (Keeble)
  • Mock orchestral audition (Boyd, Goldman)
  • Debussy Syrinx in depth (Goldman)
  • How to practice Voliere from the Carnival of the Animals (Thorne)
  • Martin Ballade (Mendenhall)
  • Telemann Fantasies: one player, three voices (Toote)
  • The Lyrical orchestral flute: orchestral excerpts of Brahms and Debussy (Keeble)
  • The Virtuoso orchestral flute: orchestral excerpts of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Beethoven (Keeble)
  • Bach E minor Sonata (Mendenhall)
  • Unaccompanied solo works of the 20th and 21st centuries (Barth)
  • Playing the music BETWEEN the notes (Shin)
  • Flute music by French composers (Keeble, Shin)
  • Improve your warm-up routine (Toote)
  • Effective ways to practice Taffanel and Gaubert’s Daily Exercises (Thorne)
  • Chaminade Concertino (Mendenhall)
  • Legato phrasing in lyrical movements by Bach (Keeble)
  • Piccolo 101 for flutists (Still)
  • Super slow practice to build virtuosity (Goldman)
  • Andersen op. 15 Etudes (Toote)
  • Andersen op. 33 Etudes (Mendenhall)
  • Ibert Concerto: double tonguing and color (Keeble)
  • Nielsen Concerto (Keeble)
  • Go further in the long breath excerpts of Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Hindemith (Still)
  • Lieberman Sonata (Keeble)
  • Preparing for auditions (Barth, Boyd, Shin)
  • Griffes Poem: expressivity and color (Keeble)


  • The orchestral excerpts of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms (Samuels)
  • Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody (Samuels)
  • Mozart Concerto (Samuels, Mondie, Gunn, Yehuda)
  • Rose etudes No. 4, 15, 19 (Chodacki)
  • Reed making (Mondie)
  • Brahms Clarinet sonatas (Yehuda)
  • Mock audition (Mondie)
  • The unaccompanied clarinet: Husa, Stravinsky, Carter, Berio (Yehuda)
  • Musical etiquette and the well-rounded musician (Mondie)
  • Articulation: “speaking” through the air stream/reed (Chodacki)
  • Practicing daily fundamentals (Gunn)
  • 20th Century masterpiece clarinet concerti: Nielsen, Copland, Francaix, Corigliano (Yehuda)