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Masterclass with Ralph Farris – February 13, 2021

Online Experience
February 13, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuition: $75 for performers, $45 for auditors
Registration Deadline: February 11, 2021
Performer Application Required (see below)

On February 13, 2021, Ralph Farris from ETHEL, one of America’s most progressive string quartets, will conduct a masterclass as part of our Piano Masterclass Series (Virtual). This class is open to all string musicians (teachers and students alike). Ralph has toured and performed with the greatest – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonard Bernstein, Joe Jackson, etc. A prize-winning graduate of The Juilliard School and active participant at Tanglewood Music Festival, Ralph brings his world of experience to Las Vegas to share his music and wisdom. Class times are 10a-12p, and 1p-2p. The second session may be extended by an hour. Register today as a PERFORMER and/or AUDITOR.”

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Q&A for all

Performer Application

Record a 3-5 minute video of your piece, upload to YouTube, and include the link in your application below. Your submission will be reviewed and you will be notified whether or not you were chosen to perform.

Deadline: February 9, 2021

Ralph Farris

An award-winning graduate of The Juilliard School, three-time Tanglewood Fellow, and Young Arts Master Teacher, Ralph is a founding member and Artistic Director of the genre-bending string quartet ETHEL (described by the New York Times as “indefatigable and eclectic,” and by the New Yorker as “vital and brilliant”). The group is Resident Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar, where Ralph programs the weekly “ETHEL and Friends” concerts. ETHEL is also Ensemble-in-Residence at Denison University, where its members were awarded honorary doctorates during Denison’s 2017 commencement exercises.

Ralph’s creative ideal—driving his own artistry as well as ETHEL’s—is a collaborative ethos, a quest for a common creative expression forged by the celebration of community. With ETHEL, Ralph creates and tours rich multimedia productions such as ETHEL’s Documerica, inspired by the tens of thousands of images shot as part of the EPA’s decade-long Project Documerica, launched in 1971 and The River, a collaboration with Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal (nominated for a 2016 NAMMY).

ETHEL’s self-titled debut album was a Billboard “Best Recording of ’03.”Its follow-up, Light, ranked #3 on Amazon.com’s “Best of ’06”and Oshtali: Music for String Quartet (2010), is the first commercial recording of American Indian student works. Heavy (2012), was a Q-2 “Album of the Week”and ETHEL’S Documerica (2015), was featured in the New York Times and on iTunes. 

ETHEL has appeared as a guest artist on over a dozen recordings including Laurence Hobgood’s forthcoming tesseterra (TBD, 2017), Cold Blue Two (Cold Blue Music, 2012), Kaki King’s Glow (Velour Recordings, 2012), Joe Jackson’s The Duke (Razor & Tie, 2012), Thomas Dolby’s A Map of the Floating City (Redeye Label, 2011), and Kurt Elling’s GRAMMY®-winning Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord Records, 2009).

As a solo performer, Ralph has performed in concert with Paul Simon, Juana Molina, Tom Verlaine, Jill Sobule, STEW, Andrew Bird, Fernando Otero, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Laurence Hobgood, Jake Shimabukuro, JP Jofre, Vijay Iyer, Pete Townshend, Leonard Bernstein, Alice Cooper, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Sinead O’Connor, Joe Jackson, and Lou Reed. Ralph served as Music Director and Solo Fiddle of the Roger Daltrey Band and is an original company member of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. With ETHEL, Ralph has appeared twice at the TED Conference—as a speaker, and as the house band.

His new ensemble, a band of violas known as Firewood, debuted with Gallim Dance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.


Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality.