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2013 Maryland Viola Day

Maryland Viola Day

Saturday, April 6, 2013
1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center


Come explore the University of Maryland’s viola program! Professors Katherine Murdock and Daniel Foster invite violists and music lovers from the region to the beautiful Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a day of listening and learning, music-making and discussion.


Associate Professor Katherine Murdock and Adjunct Professor Daniel Foster will present a viola masterclass in the Smith Lecture Hall featuring student performers selected from the participants. A short open discussion period follows with Ms. Murdock and Mr. Foster.

There will be an opportunity for three viola students to play in the afternoon masterclass. Participants who wish to be considered for masterclass performance should contact Professor Murdock at by March 21, 2013. Others who do not wish to play in the class may register online as directed below. An accompanist will be provided if requested in advance (by February 6), or participant may bring his or her own pianist.


A skill-building, play-along class will be given by two graduate students from the UMD viola studio, Maria Montano and Caroline Castleton. Appropriate for players age 9-13 who are above Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent.

Bring your violas! No need to prepare a solo, this session involves group exercises and viola games. To join, please contact Maria Montano at

Download your Junior Viola Class music.


At 5:00 p.m. there will be a recital in the Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall featuring students of the University of Maryland viola studio in both solo and chamber works, including viola ensemble repertoire. At the end of the recital, participants who have been involved in the group rehearsal earlier that afternoon are invited to the stage for a festive “play-in” reading of ensemble music for violas.

Download your parts here:

Telemann Canonic Sonata II, First Movement (1.5 pages)
Piazzola Preparense Score (2 pages) plus one handwritten part (2 pages)







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1-2 p.m.Registration, School of Music Lobby, CSPAC
1:30-3:15 p.m.Masterclass and Q&A in Smith Hall with Katherine Murdock, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, and Daniel Foster, Adjunct Professor and principal viola, National Symphony Orchestra.
1:30-3:00 p.m.Viola Skills Class for younger students with UMD graduate students Maria Montano and Caroline Castleton.
3:30-4:30p.m.Rehearsal on 'play-in' repertoire, for all participating violists.
3:15-4:30pmAdult Viola Skills class
5:00 p.m.VOILÁ VIOLA recital in the Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall by students from the University of Maryland viola studio, followed by a group “play-in” with participants and guests. A light reception to follow.

If interested in participating in this informal “play-in,” please email requesting a PDF file of the music to be performed.


Katherine Murdock, viola, has performed throughout the world with such groups as the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Music from Marlboro, the Brandenburg Ensemble, and with orchestras such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Boston Symphony. She has been a guest of the Guarneri, Emerson, and Vermeer string quartets, and has appeared on ‘Great Performers at Lincoln Center.’ Ms. Murdock has recorded for West German Radio and the BBC, and has appeared live on NPR’s “Performance Today,” “St. Paul Sunday,” and the NBC “Today Show.” She has served on the faculties of SUNY Stony Brook, Boston Conservatory, and the Hartt School of Music, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. In the summers she is on the artist faculty of the Yellow Barn and Kneisel Hall festivals. She is a member of the Left Bank Quartet and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. >>more


Violist Daniel Foster is active as an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. As Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1995, he has been a regularly featured soloist with the orchestra. Mr. Foster is a member of the Dryden String Quartet, and has appeared at the Marlboro and Bowdoin Festivals, and the Pacific Music Festival. As a teacher at the University of Maryland, he has seen several former students earn major orchestral and university positions. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Curtis Institute,Mr. Foster studied with Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey and Karen Tuttle. >>more


Maria Montano is a faculty member at The Levine School of Music and the Landon School. She also works with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MYCO) and the Youth Orchesta of the Americas. Ms. Montano started her musical training in “El Sistema” in Venezuela and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance at the University of Maryland under Professor Katherine Murdock.


Caroline Castleton is a graduate student in viola performance at the University of Maryland, and has been teaching violin and viola for over eight years. She is from Provo, Utah, where she graduated from Brigham Young University. Carries teaches violin and viola in the MD/ D.C. area, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their new baby, James.