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Michigan String Workshop


Key Information

June 25 - 27, 2015


hopkinsMichael Hopkins, Associate Professor of String Education, University of Michigan. Author of the String Pedagogy Notebook, the most comprehensive online resource for string pedagogy. Composer / arranger of over 30 published works for orchestra Conductor and clinician at festivals and workshops throughout the United States.

ErvamaaFinnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is a versatile performer, who specializes in chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan. Her festival appearances include the Orlando, Kuhmo, Bowdoin, Lyckå and Norrtäjle Chamber Music Festivals (with the Finnish Owla String Quartet) as well as the Denison University Tutti! New Music Festival, Poison City Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Finnfest, among others. She has also performed at Ann Arbor’s Edgefest with Lars Hollmer’s Global Home Project, Guy Kluscevic, Mark Kirschenmann, E3Q, Andrew Bishop and Ed Sarath. She studied cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Kazimierz Mikhalik and Lauri Laitinen. Katri is a founding member and past president of Brave New Works new music ensemble (, the Muse string trio and E3Q, an improvisation-based genre-defying trio with her husband Mark Kirschenmann and percussionist Michael Gould. She appears on Envoy Recordings, Block M Records, and AMP Records labels. In addition to her lively performance career, Katri is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she is the head of the music program and teaches chamber music. She has also been on the cello faculty at the Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green State Universities. Katri is a mother of three and lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her family. Katri plays on a 1868 HC Silvestre cello, and you can find them online at


HassoaherMaggie Hasspacher is a bassist/vocalist based in the Detroit area and is currently pursuing a DMA at the U-Michigan with Diana Gannett. She performs frequently with the modern music collective Wild Up in Los Angeles and serves as music director at Immanuel Methodist Church in Eastpointe, MI. She won awards to study classical bass in Vienna in 2012 and recently recorded solo singer/songwriter album We Shall Overcome. She sang on soundtracks for the History Channel and PBS, gave solo performances live on the radio for KPCC Los Angeles and WLRN Miami and has been guest artist twice at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. She currently subs with Flint Symphony Orchestra and will perform at the Lucerne Festival this summer in Switzerland.


bpBob Phillips taught strings for 27 years and is an internationally recognized pedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer. An expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout the world. Phillips has authored many books including Alfred’s new method, Sound Innovations. He has had over 120 pieces and 18 book series published for orchestras and bands, is an award winning ASCAP composer, and has a broad conducting resume. Currently the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music and the President of ASTA, in 2013 Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan school of music Hall of Fame.

palmieriValerie Palmieri, Adrian College. Thirty-eight years of experience teaching in Walled Lake and Bloomfield Hills Schools. Has helped build some of finest public school string programs in the U.S. In-depth experience in the area of teacher preparation and program development.

palmieriDanae Witter, American violinist and violist, received her Bachelor of Music Degree, Cum Laude, from Butler University, where she was the recipient of the Presser Award. She was awarded the Mildred Tuttle Scholarship for Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan where she received two M.M. degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music with high honors. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Southern California, including a minor in theory analysis and electives in viola and music education. As an orchestral player, she has performed in the motion picture recording industry in Los Angeles. Ms. Witter is an accomplished writer and served as an Associate Editor to the Sevcik project published by Lauren Keiser Publishing Company in New York. She currently serves on the Editorial Committee of the American String Teacher journal. Ms. Witter is employed by SHARProducts, acting as Director of the SHAR Violin Shop. She was Violin Faculty and Operations Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, violin faculty sabbatical replacement at the University of Michigan and Hillsdale College and currently is Operations Director and faculty member of the Cambridge International String Academy. 


This workshop is an intensive 3-day experience where participants are immersed in classes designed to enhance their teaching in all areas of string education. Small classes are designed to improve your teaching skills and pump up your program, with lots of personal interaction with our expert faculty:

  • Secondary instrument instruction on violin, viola, cello, double bass 
  • Beginning and intermediate pedagogy classes for all strings
  • Orchestra rehearsal techniques for all levels
  • Teaching improvisation and composition in orchestra
  • Recruitment, retention, and program development
  • Instrument and bow selection, instrument repair
  • Conducting lab
  • String orchestra reading session
  • Fiddling jam session


Thursday through Saturday 8:00 AM- 6:30 PM

2015 Schedule Forthcoming

2014 Schedule

Application Procedure

Application deadline: June 20, 2015

All applicants must submit an online application and complete the $30 non-refundable application fee.


No audition required.

Tuition / Fees

  • Non-refundable Application Fee - $30
  • Workshop fee:
    • $325 (Early Bird/register by May 1, 2015)
    • $375 (May 1 - June 1, 2015)
  • No refunds for cancellations after June 1, 2015

Admission Notification

All applicants are accepted upon completion of an online application and $30 non-refunable application fee. All applicants will receive an email notification confirming their admission.



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