Announcing the 2014/2015 SCMEA Advocacy Video Contest
The Long Island Violin Shop is proud to offer a special promotion featuring Revelle Products, and Spirit! Strings.
Hello LIVS Family and Friends! We want to ensure that you have every opportunity to get that something special for the one you love this holiday season. We've extended our normal hours through the end of December, have added a few Monday's to the mix, and are giving our employees a much deserved break on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Topics: Events & Happenings
John Juzek Master Art
Legend has it, John Juzek (1892-1965), a Czechoslovakian luthier who worked in Prague during the early 20th century, scoured demolition sites to find aged tone woods from ancient houses and churches dotting the countryside. A maker and business man, the Juzek label was applied not only to his own creations, but those crafted by local shops that produced instruments to his exacting specifications for American export.
Topics: Violin of the Month
We recently received a letter from the Staller Center detailing their upcoming "Orchestra to the Orchestra" program designed to introduce middle and high school age music students to the greater community of orchestra players on Long Island.
We think this is a great program and a fantastic opportunity for you young musicians out there to see live orchestral music. Keep reading to find out all the details...
Stony Brook's Mini Musicians
On Saturday mornings for the past fifteen years, the basement of Stony Brook University's music department has resounded with the voices of children singing, clapping, jumping in the air, and laughing as Dorothea Cook leads them through their weekly Dalcroze Eurhythmics class. Seated at the piano, “Miss Deede” says: "Listen to my music. When I play in a major key, move to the music freely. When it switches to minor, find a partner and clap along with my pattern."
Topics: Strings Smart's - Education
David Wong - Moving On...
I left my Teaching Assistant position in the music department at Amherst College in 2009, the year after I graduated. Amherst was an enjoyable five years of learning, making friends, and discovering more about myself, but left me a little confused about what would come next. As the drive home to Long Island that I’d taken countless times came to an end, I was struck by the realization that “real life” was about to start. I had no job lined up, just the inclination to do something “music-related,” which, in the 2009 economy, was a pipe dream.
The clock strikes 9:00 AM. First period orchestra has just begun. Some eyes are half opened, with heads in hands and elbows on knees, instruments are being tuned, bows tightened, and I’m standing at the front of the room, ready to present my electric violin workshop to a room full of string players. I begin playing the latest song from Top 40 singer Ellie Goulding and see a change in the faces of these students; eyes widen, the corners of their mouths turn upwards, and there is noticeable elevation of the room’s energy. Something about hearing “their music” on “their instrument” is invigorating, eye-opening, and offers a new way of approaching what they’ve already spent several years mastering.
Topics: Strings Smart's - Education
We are thrilled to welcome our summer intern, and talented violinist, to the Long Island Violin Shop team. Cameron started playing the violin at the age of four, and began his studies with Marilyn Smith at C.W. Post on Long Island, currently LIU Post. Four years later, he transferred to The School for Strings in New York City with Ecaterina Gerson, then moved over to The Juilliard School. He currently studies with Ann Setzer and has performed at numerous events, including the All-County Music Festival, where he served as concertmaster, Steinway Hall, where he has given many concerts alongside his two brothers, Charlie and Christopher (cellist and pianist, respectively), Carnegie Hall, and the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, where he has also served as concertmaster. Cameron enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and playing videogames.