SAM 2018 Fall Workshop – String Student Workshop2018-09-24T14:19:29-05:00

String Student Workshop with Winifred Crock

DEADLINE for Honors Recital application –– October 1st, 11:59pm

Please register and send your application video to before this deadline.

Winifred Crock, Clinician

In demand as a clinician, teacher and conductor, Winifred Crock has lectured at numerous music conferences including SAA, ASTA, NAFME and Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and has been the featured string clinician at conferences and institutes in over 20 states and abroad. In addition to music degrees from SIU Edwardsville and Kent State University in Ohio, Mrs. Crock graduated from the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki and is a certified Kodály method instructor. Mrs. Crock’s most recent publications include the Pattern Play for Strings Series: A Sequential Introduction to Reading Music, Forrester Press and the Learning Together Series: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensemble, Alfred Music.

Winifred Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School for over twenty-five years and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. During her tenure, the Parkway Central High Music Department was awarded GRAMMY Gold Signature school status as one of the top high school music departments in the country. Mrs. Crock has been named the Missouri ASTA Private Studio Teacher of the Year, the Missouri ASTA Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, the NFHA Outstanding Music Educator of the Midwest, and the 2014 ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator. Mrs. Crock is currently serving on the board of the SAA and on other national committees dedicated to developing materials, supporting opportunities for string students and sharing pedagogy with teachers.

Workshop Information

The workshop this year is for string students. Our clinician, Winifred Crock, will help students––especially those in books 1-4––develop both literacy and ensemble skills using some of the teaching materials she authored and has used in her successful Suzuki programs. Please join us for an in depth exploration of new methods and materials to help develop fluent sight-reading development and aural skills in the ensemble. Book 1 students will ideally have studied through Allegro or Perpetual Motion.

Saturday, Oct 13th

1:00pm: Honors Recital
2:00pm-2:50pm: Masterclass (select participants) or ensemble class with Winifred Crock*
3:00pm-3:50pm: Masterclass (select participants) or ensemble class with Winifred Crock*
4:00pm: Demonstration Concert with Winifred Crock

* Each student attends one ensemble class and one masterclass (as participant or observer).

Workshop (ensemble class, demonstration concert, masterclass attendance) – $50

Masterclass participant – additional $30

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String Masterclass Clinicians

Andrea French received her Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University, both in cello performance. She received her long-term Suzuki training in cello with Carol Tarr and violin with James Maurer at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, and has taught Suzuki group cello and violin classes with Longmont Suzuki Strings and Denver Talent Education. She has been a judge for Solo and Ensemble Contest of Northern Colorado, and chamber music coach for CelloFest at the University of Denver. She has been an active recitalist and teacher in the music community of Colorado, and has played with the Fort Collins, Greeley, and Cheyenne Symphonies.

Ms. French has performed in master classes with David Ying, Janos Starker, and Yo-Yo Ma. She is also a studio musician at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has played with over twenty bands such as Rise Against, Drive By, Melissa Ivey, and Tickle Me Pink. She has recorded for Wind Up Records and Warner Bros. In 2009, Ms. French accepted the Suzuki cello faculty position at Macphail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. She is a former president of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota and committee chair for the annual S.A.M. Statewide Graduation Recitals. Ms. French enjoys teaching at Suzuki institute in the summer, coaching chamber music, and developing her teaching skills online from Grand Rapids, MN. to Basel, Switzerland. She is also a Suzuki parent to her twelve year old son who studies violin, and 10 year old daughter who studies cello.

A Southerner from the coast of South Carolina by birthright and Midwesterner by recent transplant, Erika Blanco holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and a master’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the University of Minnesota. Her teachers include the late Stephen Panchaud, assistant concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, former Blair String Quartet first violinist Christian Teal, and Suzuki pioneer Mark Bjork.  Erika has performed in masterclasses with violinists Alexander Kerr, Professor of Violin at Indiana University and Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Soh-Hyun Park Altino, Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis; and Leanne League, Professor of Violin at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Erika is a founding member and first violinist of Lux String Quartet and is a long-time participant in the Oskaloosa Music Festival, directed by Lux’s very own Benjamin Davis. At the 2013 festival, she soloed Vivaldi’s Summer concerto with the chamber orchestra. She’s played with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and the Mankato Symphony, and is currently a first violinist in the Quad City Symphony Orchestra under Mark Russell Smith.

Concurrently with her chamber and orchestral playing, Erika performs with Minneapolis-based salsa band Charanga Tropical, the first North American group ever to be invited to Cuba’s International Danzón Festival in Havana in 2015. While there, Charanga Tropical also recorded a live album in EGREM Studios, site of the 1999 film Buena Vista Social Club.

Erika teaches students in her home studio and with Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education. She has completed, in addition to her long-term training with Mark Bjork, Suzuki training units with Carol Smith, Ronda Cole, Brian Lewis, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Mary Cay Neal, Kathy Wood, Nancy Jackson, Doris Preucil, and Nancy Lokken. She staunchly believes that every child can achieve a high level of ability given a nurturing environment and sensitive teaching. In July 2017 she served as string faculty at Lutheran Summer Music Program, hosted in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Though trained classically, Erika enjoys jammin’, stompin’, and shakin’ in any setting: homegrown folk, fiddlin’, rockin’-and-a-rollin’, salsa, and the new music scene. Relishing the opportunity to meet different people, she feels privileged to have her passion and her career blended together. Professionally, her ambition is to nurture an appreciation for beauty, collaboration, and the learning process, and personally, to be spurred on by great musicians and colleagues and to participate in the transcendental efficacy of music.