The new Junior Strings Program (JSP) developed by leading violin and viola player Adrian Davis will provide a strong musical foundation for young students (aged 8 years and over) at WollCon who are learning a string instrument.
The program is the first of its kind in NSW – a year-long commitment where dedicated students will be fully immersed in a musical experience and will include music theory and history lessons.
“From the very start students will be placed in an ensemble to begin developing group playing skills as well as building their musical community. Each student will be assigned a JSP instructor, who they will work with at their own pace to further develop their technical and musical abilities.”
There will also be an opportunity to work with some of the country’s best string teachers through masterclasses, workshops, and holiday camps.
Young double bass and viola players will be eligible for partial and full scholarships through WollCon’s Endangered Species Scholarship Program. This covers most, if not all costs for students who are interested in two of our rarer instruments in the ensemble. All other students will be offered a generous bursary for added financial support.
Noah Grote (9 years old) – Has been playing viola for 1 year. This is Noah’s first year in the Llewelyn String Orchestra.
The components of the program are:
1. The Meyer Double Bass Ensemble – for beginner students who are interested in learning the largest member of the violin family – the double bass. Students in this ensemble will perform as a bass ensemble as well as part of the Primrose Training Orchestra. Upon completion of the first-year students will graduate into the Llewelyn String Orchestra.
2. The Primrose Training Orchestra – for students learning the violin, viola, and cello. These students can range from beginners to students who have not yet completed their grade 1 AMEB exam. Upon completion of the first-year students will graduate into the Llewelyn String Orchestra.
3. The Llewelyn String Orchestra – is for students who have completed their grade 1 AMEB exam. In this orchestra students will further sharpen their ensemble skills and broaden their range of musical style, articulation, sound, and colour.
The aim of the Junior Strings Program is to produce string musicians who are able to see the big picture from the beginning and to create a built-in community of students working towards similar goals, all while maintaining a high standard of technical ability.
Shennah Lee (10 years old) – Has been playing violin for 4 years, and a member of Llewelyn String Orchestra for 2 years.
“The overall group ensemble training combined with individual lessons is key to developing student’s awareness of the different roles they and their instruments play in various contexts. Often students spend years building individual skills with no larger context which can be very isolating.”
More About Adrian:
Adrian has had a strong focus on music performance over the years, and was also trained extensively in string pedagogy and music education while in the US.
He has taught at the collegiate level as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder as well as extensively in the US and Australian public and private school systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in viola performance as well as a Masters in viola performance from CU Boulder.