MU Professor to Judge Competition, Teach Masterclass in Virginia

MU Professor to Judge Competition, Teach Masterclass in VirginiaKenneth Sarch, professor of Violin and Viola at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, has been invited to judge the Virginia American String Teachers Association (VASTA) Solo Competition at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA on October 9.

Sarch will also present an all-day string workshop and masterclass for Virginia string teachers and students on October 10.

The workshop is designed for string teachers looking for workable ideas in tackling three big pillars in string playing: intonation, spiccato and vibrato. String students of various ages and levels of performance will play for Sarch to receive advice and comments on their playing.

The workshop and masterclass are co-sponsored by the VCU Student Chapter of American String Teachers (ASTA).

Sarch has presented clinics and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and internationally. In Pennsylvania, he has presented clinics for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) five times at state conventions in addition to conducting district and regional orchestra festivals sponsored by PMEA.

Sarch was awarded the PMEA Citation of Excellence in Music Education at the University Level in 2003. He has also served as President of Pennsylvania ASTA (PADESTA) and was editor of the state PADESTA newsletter for six years.

In addition to his teaching duties at Mansfield, Sarch is conductor of the String Chamber Orchestra. He performs as first violinist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and is former concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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