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Avalon Quartet violist Devroye to teach workshop at NIU

Violist Anthony Devroye, Avalon String Quartet and Northern Illinois University faculty member, will teach the masterclass at CSA Advanced String Quartet Workshop this summer.
Violist Anthony Devroye, Avalon String Quartet and Northern Illinois University faculty member, will teach the masterclass at CSA Advanced String Quartet Workshop this summer.

DeKALB – Anthony Devroye, Avalon String Quartet violist and Northern Illinois University faculty member, will return to teach the masterclass at the NIU Community School of the Arts advanced string quartet workshop this summer.

The Avalon is quartet-in-residence at the NIU School of Music, a position formerly held by the Vermeer Quartet.

Devroye's orchestral experience includes numerous performances with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and other leading conductors. For two years he played with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach; having frequently led the viola section under Michael Tilson Thomas, he also appeared as soloist with the orchestra in 2004.

CSA Advanced String Quartet Workshop takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. June 10 through 13, and begins with a sight-reading party on June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants ages 12 to 19 improve musicianship and ensemble skills as they rehearse and are coached in two different quartets. Workshop activities also include seminars on music theory, history and rehearsal techniques. Each student will participate in the Devroye masterclass, and all quartets will perform in the final recital at 6 p.m. June 13.

Junior Chamber Music Workshop is also offered this summer at the CSA, for string and woodwind players ages 8 to 15. Participants rehearse duets and rounds in small groups from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 10 through 13 and perform in a recital at 11 a.m. June 13. The workshop begins with a sight-reading party on 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. June 5. All participants in the Junior Workshop are invited to attend the Devroye masterclass.

Violin teacher and chamber musician Laurie Rodriguez is the director of the CSA Summer Chamber Music Workshops. A private teacher with the NIU Community School of the Arts for many years, she has directed multiple chamber music workshops in Illinois, Utah and Minnesota.

Students are admitted to CSA Summer Chamber Workshops by audition. To reserve an audition time, submit a CSA Summer registration form with a $15 non-refundable registration fee by May 1. Auditions take place on May 6 starting at 5 p.m.

For registration information, or to learn more about the NIU Community School of the Arts, visit www.csa.niu.edu or call the CSA office at 815-753-1450.

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