Under the direction of electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke, Director of NJCU Multi-Style Strings, with special guest artists including Grammy-nominated violinists Regina Carter and Jeremy Kittel, virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar, and others, you will learn to play and learn to teach a wide variety of styles, including jazz, Latin, R&B, blues, African, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and rock. Each day will feature repertoire of varying grade levels and styles, different approaches to improvisation and ways of incorporating electronics.
String educators (open to all levels, with emphasis on Grade 3 and higher)
We are planning for this symposium to be in person, on campus at NJCU following strict COVID-19 protocols, but you have the option to attend virtually.
Cost for the in-person symposium includes:
Session 1: String Ensemble Music Reading
with Martha Mooke and Guest Artist of the Day
Reading session (“playlist”) with participants of featured styles of the day (TBA)
Guest Artist Feature
Session 2: Break It Down and Work It Out
Collaborative discussion of the stylistic approach, non-traditional techniques, notation, performance practice and other features particular to the day’s playlist.
Session 3: Technique of the Day
This session will be dedicated to exploring, learning and practicing style-specific techniques including Chop, Textures, Percussive, Klezmer, Strum bowing, and other non-traditional methods.
Session 4: Plugging In!
From amplification to 5-string electric instruments, from effects pedals to apps, experience the power of plugging in! Each day will unlock a new discovery!
Session 5: Concepts of Improv
Exploring different ways (methods and styles) of improvising and overcoming fear of playing wrong notes!
Session 6: All Together Now: Ensemble Re-reading and Jam
Re-reading of the day’s playlist informed by material presented and practiced during the day, and culminating in a jam, led by the Guest Artist of the Day!
Coordinator of Strings at NJCU and Founder/Director of the Cutting-Edge, Multi-Style Strings Program
Martha Mooke, acclaimed for her electrifying performances and compositions, is a pioneering electric violist/composer, highly regarded for her artistry, music advocacy, and innovative educational programs. She transcends musical boundaries, enhancing classical training with extended techniques, technology and improvisation.
A Yamaha Artist and Eventide’s Artist-in-Residence, Mooke is a leading clinician on electric and multi-style string playing. She has performed with Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, Philip Glass, Elton John, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett and Beat Box legend Rahzel.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Scorchio Quartet (featured on David Bowie's Heathen CD,) Mooke received the prestigious ASCAP Concert Music Award for creating and producing ASCAP's new music showcase Thru the Walls, featuring boundary-defying composer/performers.
For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn't simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. She was awarded a prestigious MacArthur fellowship “genius grant” for her artistry and as a pioneering jazz violinist. She also served as one of the resident artistic directors for SFJAZZ during its inaugural season in its spectacular new home. Regina was director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals, and was a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award.
A winner of multiple readers’ and critics’ poll awards from DownBeat, JazzTimes and other publications, Regina tours with her own group and appears frequently as a guest soloist. Her most recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (2017), celebrates the music and spirit of her inspiration, musical legend Ella Fitzgerald.
A musical prodigy, Dave Eggar made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 15 and is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School's Doctoral Program. A virtuoso cellist and pianist of many styles, Dave has performed worldwide with Evanescence, The Who, Michael Brecker, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Dave Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Roberta Flack, The Spin Doctors, Dianne Reeves, Brandy, Carly Simon, Phil Ramone, Hannah Montana, Bon Jovi, Manhattan Transfer, Corinne Bailey Ray and many more.
His list of awards and accolades include Time Magazine, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Records Elevated Standards Award in classical music, the Geraldine Dodge & Leonard Bernstein Foundations. At 15 he was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition.
Dave's mission to "not just cross over, but to cross through" multiple genres of music are apparent with all of his releases. Whether it's classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music, he finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique imaginative vision.
Jeremy Kittel is an American violinist, fiddler, composer and Grammy nominee. Fluent in multiple musical genres, he composes music that draws from a wide variety of influences including folk, jazz, Celtic, Classical, and electronic.
Jeremy performs with his group Kittel & Co., and has worked with Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O’Donovan, Theo Katzman, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, Sara Watkins, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet. He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Fleet Foxes, and Esperanza Spalding.
Kittel has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from U of M (his alma mater). He is the recipient of awards including the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship and six Detroit Music Awards.
“Equally skilled in the worlds of jazz, classical, and Celtic fiddling… an exhilarating stage presence" - Strings Magazine