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NSA Masterclass Series: Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello – October 9, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience

October 9, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuition: Complimentary
Register below to receive Zoom Information

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Q&A with Guest Artist


Generously Underwritten by:


Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello

Praised for her “beautifully full and lyrically strong tone” by Gramophone Magazine, Meredith Blecha-Wells is a sought-after performer and instructor.  She has played throughout much of the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Dr. Blecha-Wells performs regularly with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, and the Pangaea Chamber Players. 

​As a recording artist, Dr. Blecha-Wells recently released her debut album, Small Storms: A Collection of Short Pieces for Cello and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu.  Released on the Navona Records label, her playing is described as “technically dazzling” (the Whole Note) and is praised for her “lyrical warmth and her powerful athleticism” (Classical Music Discoveries).  Additional recording endeavors include projects for the Lorenz Corporation, as well as performances on WMBR (Cambridge, MA), KALX (Berkley, CA), WRUV (Burlington, VT), WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and KUCO (Edmond, OK).​

Dr. Blecha-Wells is currently the Professor of Cello at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the Distinguished Music Professor award.  Her students have won several competitions, including prizes in Classics Alive Artists, Enkor International Competition, American Protégé Competition, Ad Astra String Competition, MTNA, Hyechka String Competition, among others.  As a devoted teacher, Dr. Blecha-Wells has seen her students accepted to study at prestigious institutions such as the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, Indiana University, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

​​Dr. Blecha-Wells received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker and Helga Winold. She also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Distinguished Professor Alan Harris. Additional studies include festival participation at the Taos School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.


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. 

NSA Masterclass Series: Derek Wieland, piano – September 11, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience
September 11, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuition:
$75 for performers
$45 for auditors
Registration Deadline: September 9, 2021

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Q&A for all


DEREK WIELAND, Pianist

Pianist, composer, and arranger Derek Wieland is a Juilliard graduate (Pre-College, BA, MM) whose technique, artistic prowess and genre-crossing versatility has received critical acclaim in performances throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

As a concert pianist, Wieland has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra and others. In 1987, he was the first pianist to win the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition (violinist Joshua Bell won five years earlier).

“I started out with a classical foundation in my music training,” noting that during his teenage years, his interests began to diversify. “When I got to Juilliard as an undergraduate, I branched out. I was putting together jazz and rock gigs, and I accompanied a baroque dance class for the dance department.” Wieland’s love of electronic music inspired him to open Uptime Studios, a recording studio in Midtown NYC that Wieland led while working on his master’s degree.

Wieland composed, music directed, and performed The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park: Othello, his contemporary score praised by the New York Times to “have done double duty for an episode of Showtime’s The Tudors.” Wieland has collaborated in additional theatre, film, and live performance projects, including the theatrical work “Things of Dry Hours” directed by R. Santiago-Hudson, “Feather: A Musical Portrait” (New York Musical Theatre Festival), and “An Evergreen Christmas” (Netflix).

A lover of rock and roll music, Wieland has an extensive pop/rock repertoire, performing on Al Di Meola’s LP “All Your Life (A Tribute To The Beatles Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London)” and working with six-time Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, Brent Maher, on several Nashville records.

Since 2006, Wieland has served as Music Director for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, conducting, and performing on tour in 105 shows in 61 cities each year to millions of TSO fans. His piano playing and arrangements are heard on many TSO recordings.

Wieland’s live radio and television appearances cross genres from classical concerts on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio with David Dubal’s “Reflections from the Keyboard,” to progressive rock music on Jimmy Fallon and Live with Kelly and Michael.

Growing up in Long Island, Wieland began to play piano at the age of 5 and entered Juilliard Pre-College at age 11. At Juilliard, he studied with legendary pianist György Sándor (a prominent student of classical composer Béla Bartók).


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. 

NSA Masterclass Series: Bongshin Ko, cello – September 11, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience

September 11, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tuition: Complimentary
Register below to receive Zoom Information

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Masterclass

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Q&A with Guest Artist


Generously Underwritten by:


Bongshin Ko, cello

Hailed by critics for her “most perfect playing” (Internet Cello Society) with “great warmth and beauty” (The STRAD), cellist Bongshin Ko has appeared worldwide as a soloist with such groups as Television and Radio Symphony of Moscow, Munich Chamber Players, the KBS Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Central Broadcasting Symphony of China to name a few. Ms. Ko was the first Korean artist to be invited to perform in China after the historic resumption of diplomatic relations between South Korea and China, and has since been invited back annually.

Ms. Ko has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Stein, Gunther Schuller, Semyon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev. She appeared at Seoul International Music Festival to give the Asian premiere of Bernard Rands’ Cello Concerto, dedicated to and world premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich in celebration of his 70th birthday. Other international music events and festivals welcomed her to Schleswig-Holstein festival, Kronberg Cello festival, Hoertnagel Konzertdirekzion, Berlin Wall 10th anniversary concert, Rostropovich & Friends Concert (Germany), American Cello Congresses, Kumho Guest Artist Recital, plus numerous others in France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Monaco, Croatia, USA, Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

She has performed to critical acclaims on NDR and Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Fuji TV (Japan), TV New Zealand, TV China, Korean Broadcasting Systems and NBC. As a member of the European-based Tritton Cello Quartet she can be heard on the Musica Columna label. Her live performances of Brahms and Barber sonatas are often broadcast on the Arte TV in Korea and over the transpacific in-flight classical station on Asiana Airlines. Ms. Ko’s Haydn and Saint-Saens concerti, recorded with Munich Chamber Players in Germany, can also be heard on the SONY Classical label.

As a recipient of over 30 international prizes and awards, including the highest performance award in her native Korea and the Crossroad Award in the US for her “superior teaching,” she is on popular demand as a teacher as well as a performer around the globe. Prestigious schools where she taught special guest master classes include The Juilliard School, Mannheim Musikhochschule, Korean National University of Arts, Nürnberg School for Music, and Bejing Central Conservatory. Serving as Professor of Cello and Vice Director at Cal State University Fullerton School of Music she is also  active in supporting young talents and promoting cello art through Greenhouse Foundation & Festival (https://greenhousefdn.org) (https://www.facebook.com//ghfoundationusa), which she founded together with the late legendary cellist Bernard Greenhouse in 2008. As a leading member of The New York Soloists and New York Public Library Concert Series Ms. Ko performs frequently at major venues and concert halls throughout five continents.


Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No. 1
Sydney, Australia April 14, 2018.

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.