The 2011 Ohio State University Summer String Teacher’s Workshop, which Stanton’s Sheet Music is honored to help sponsor, ran from July 10 through July 16 this year, attracting 72 string teachers representing 32 states, Aruba, Puerto Rico and Italy. The week was crammed full of informative pedagogical sessions, lessons on secondary instruments, “my favorite piece” reading sessions, minor instrument repair classes and much, much more.
Dan Clark, Stanton’s string specialist, was pleased to serve as a resource person for a group presenting a panel discussion on correlating string solo literature with string orchestra literature. His main participation, however, was to select 35 brand new string orchestra pieces from hundreds of new issues for the 2011/2012 school year to conduct at two New Music Reading Sessions during the course of the week, which were met with rave reviews! Some of the highlights were The Code, a pseudo spy movie score by Alan Lee Silva; an arrangement of the Allegretto from Beethoven’s Symphony #7 by Robert Longfield; Bayou Self, a Cajun flavored crowd-pleaser with snippets of classical quotes by Cathy Morris and a surprisingly authentic rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Hawaiian ukulele version of Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow. The teachers were naturally excellent sight-readers and read the notes right off the page while the rosin dust flew! A fine time was had by all.
The workshop participants got a free afternoon on one day and many of them chose to come to Stanton’s to browse and buy. Many had never been in the store before and were amazed at its size as well as the scope of music that Stanton’s stocks. Many of them vowed they had now become regular Stanton’s customers. We truly appreciate their business and would like to thank all the participants who came to Columbus, Ohio for this amazing workshop. We hope to see many of you back in the years to come!