to explore their creativity and improvise their own original ideas together. In Fiddling sessions, students will learn a new fiddle tune, and will receive an introduction to specialized techniques associated with fiddle playing.
SCHEDULE Classes open to violin, viola, and cello students
9:30-10:45am Book One Improv & Fiddling @ Western Springs School of Talent Education (Perpetual Motion+)
10:45-12:00pm Book Two/Three Improv & Fiddling @ Western Springs School of Talent Education
1:30-3:00pm Book Four and above Improvisation @ Naperville Suzuki School (Limited capacity, sign up ASAP)
3:00-4:30pm Book Four and above Fiddling @ Naperville Suzuki School
REGISTER NOW! Classes open to violin, viola, and cello students
Fiddling & Improvisation Workshops
with Taylor Morris December 10th, 2016
For violinists, violists, and cellists
We are thrilled to announce that violinist/fiddler extraordinaire Taylor Morris (website) will be returning to WSSTE for another day of fiddling and improvisation workshops. For those of you who participated in Taylor's workshops last spring, you know what a great day this will be!
Students will have the opportunity to expand their musical vocabulary and explore styles beyond classical music. Improvisation sessions will offer students a guided opportunity
Hailed by a class of 2nd graders as “wreely nice and kind” and “the coolest man on erth,” Arizona native Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the line between violin and fiddle. After studying classical violin at Arizona State University with Dr. Katie McLin, he spent four years touring the world as one of five fiddlers with Barrage, a world-music violin troupe based out of Canada. His travels, both with Barrage and personally, have led to performances in 48 states and 13 countries with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. Strongly believing we can learn more about the world through collaboration with others, Taylor actively pursues musical projects in different genres. Currently, he is part of Tricia & Taylor, a genre-bending violin/fiddle duo with concert violinist Tricia Park, and a member of The Sound Accord, a string sextet that creates vibrant arrangements of folk music. Other performers with whom Taylor has recently collaborated include: multi-style cellists Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, & Natalie Haas; fiddlers Hanneke Cassel, Casey Driessen, Jeremy Kittel, & Lauren Rioux; arts educator Steve Seidel; and the Tetra String Quartet.
Off of the stage, Taylor obtained a master's in education from Harvard University and is a passionate advocate for arts education. Since 2000, Taylor's teaching has taken him into classrooms around the country, with activities ranging from creating music-inspired art with kindergarteners to leading workshops at the University of Notre Dame, University of the Pacific, Millikin University, and Arizona State University. As a kid, Taylor loved going to summer camps; as an adult, Taylor still loves going to summer camps. In addition to having taught at camps in Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Arizona, he also directs StringPlay, his own camp for young musicians in the Phoenix area. During the year, Taylor's main educational outlet is serving as a founding co-director of the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, an extracurricular high school fiddle group that collaborates to create its own arrangements for performance. Through his teaching, Taylor is ultimately on a serious mission to keep music as fun as possible, working with students and educators to explore the incredible variety of ways to make music with string instruments.
Limited capacity, sign up ASAP