ASO String Academy - Introductory Violin in Your School
ASO String Academy
The mission of the ASO String Academy is to provide an opportunity for excellence in the pursuit of high-quality musical education with a focus on violin and cello, based on methods and philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Mimi Zweig, and Paul Rolland. This is a proven method for developing confidence, creative thinking, and a general work ethic that will assist students' musical and non-musical endeavors.
Introductory Violin in Your School
Ms. Katherine Williamson, Director of the ASO String Academy, has designed a one-year “Introductory Violin in Your School” curriculum for Little Rock area elementary schools and after-school programs. This curriculum provides violin beginners a chance to build a strong foundation for technique as well as an introduction to music theory in a group class setting. To apply, please fill out and submit the application form to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Director - Katherine Williamson
Ms. Katherine Williamson, Director of the ASO String Academy at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Professor Mark Kaplan. Ms. Williamson started her tenure as a full-time member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as an Arts Partner with the Rockefeller String Quartet and has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Orchestra since 2019. With the quartet, Ms. Williamson was able to work throughout the state of Arkansas, performing classical music for countless school children, playing in the oncology ward of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, and presenting numerous recitals to a variety of audiences across the state. She studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner at Indiana University and with Ms. Chirstie Felsing at the Suzuki Institute at Ithaca College. Ms. Williamson is a registered Suzuki instructor, has maintained a successful private studio for the past seven years and taught for the ASO String Academy under the direction of Dr. Tze-Ying Wu since 2017. Dr. Wu brought violin programs to Bale Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Fulbright Elementary as well as the Songbird After-School Program, among others.
Named "Classical Innovator" by the Arkansas Times in 2018, Williamson is particularly dedicated to continuing and expanding the work of the ASO String Academy to every corner of Little Rock.
1. Download the registration form here:
2. Send the completed form using on of these methods:
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
ATTN: Katherine Williamson,
P.O. Box 7328, Little Rock, AR 72217
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