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NMSU hosts Summer Strings Workshop

High school students from across the nation will participate in a Summer String Workshop June 6-19 at New Mexico State University.


About 30 students are expected to attend the workshop, which is intended to provide intensive preparation in public school performances for string ensembles. Each student will receive individual attention during the workshop, practice in three or four-piece ensembles and attend master classes. Private lessons also will be available.

The Harrington String Quartet, which hails from the Amarillo Symphony in Texas, will teach the master classes and assist the students in developing performance skills. Former Las Cruces Symphony Director Marianna Gabbi, Las Cruces Symphony violist Guillermo Quezada, Jr., and NMSU music professor Michael Staehle-Laburda will assist the students with classes, practice and rehearsals.

A series of public concerts also will be held in conjunction with the workshop. The concerts are free and open to the public and will be held at the NMSU Music Center Recital Hall. The first concert, honoring the alumni of the Summer String Workshop, will be held at 8 p.m. June 13. The Harrington String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. June 17. The Summer String workshop students will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 18, with a reception to follow.

The workshop is sponsored by the Las Cruces Symphony Guild and the New Mexico State University Music Department.

Call Nancy Coleman at (505) 382-1877 for more information.