JERSEY CITY, N.J. / December 20, 2017 – The
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Community Education will
hold auditions for an After-school String Ensemble program during the week of
January 15, 2018. The audition is open to all string players (violin, viola, cello,
and bass) playing at or above Suzuki Book IV level.
The After-school String Ensemble program will
be composed of experienced student players who wish to deepen their knowledge
of music, and develop their artistic skills alongside peers. The program will
concentrate on advanced technical and expressive skills in chamber and full
ensemble settings. Students will receive weekly rotating group instruction with
emphasis on technique development, musical expression, and collaborative
playing. Public concerts will be given to enhance learning and reward
accomplishment. The String Ensemble will
run for 10 weeks from January 30 through April 24 at the Journal
Square campus. The price is $350 per student.
The program will be led by Izabella Liss
Cohen who has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a
solo, chamber, and orchestra musician. She has worked with many great
conductors, was a member of the Philharmonia Virtuosi, Westchester Chamber
Orchestra, and American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, and has toured the U.S.
Ms. Cohen is a dedicated
music educator who ran a strings program for ten years at the Kent Place School
in Summit, NJ while maintaining a private studio. She served as the Director of
Chamber Music at InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and as chamber music coach
for the NJ Youth Symphony.
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Ms.
Cohen is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Manhattan School of Music, where
she studied with Burton Kaplan, Masao Kawasaki, and Itzhak Perlman. She made
her New York recital debut in 2000 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the
winner of Artists International Auditions.
the After-school String Ensemble program will be very selective. Placement is
done via the auditions process and at the discretion of the instructor. Audition requirements: Violin/Viola –
any three octave scale and arpeggio and a solo piece of applicant's choice.
Cello/Double Bass – any two octave scale and arpeggio and a solo piece of
applicant’s choice. Students may be asked to demonstrate standard bowing
technique, and sight reading.
Additional information on the After-School
String Ensemble program may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling