On Tuesday, March 28, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Cadek Hall, violinist Robyn Bollinger will lead a workshop at Cadek Hall focused on the theme of virtue and virtuosity. The workshop will incorporate performances by five local student musicians and a dialogue about music, philosophy, and pedagogy.

The concept behind this workshop began last fall when STYI was discussing how to develop a masterclass that would be meaningful not just for violinists but for all musicians. In our discussions, we found the solution: inclusiveness. Our goal in this workshop is to present a coherent discussion by Robyn Bollinger about her ideas about music and weave the student performances into this discussion. This workshop would not be just for violinists – rather, it would include performances on various instruments and a dialogue about a broad musical theme. As we discussed ideas for a possible theme with Robyn, she posed the following questions:

Solo playing is virtuosic, and chamber music is virtuous – or is it? Bach – virtuous, or virtuosic? And just how much virtue does it take to become virtuosic, anyway?

This workshop will explore the meanings of virtue and virtuosity and how they apply to the repertoire and performances of several local musicians.

Learn about the Performers

Ben Van Winkle, Cello

Ben Van Winkle
Ben Van Winkle is a native Chattanoogan who has played cello for 15 years. He is 24 years old, graduated from Tennessee Tech University in May 2015, and is currently enrolled in music classes at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ben has played with ensembles such as the Rome Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and is the principal cellist of the Cadek Community Orchestra. He has studied under notable cellists Dr. James Stroud, Dan Allcott, and Annie Camp. Ben is skilled in pedagogy and genuinely enjoys teaching others the wonderful craft of cello performance.

Brandon McGrath, Viola

Brandon McGrath
Brandon is currently a senior at Hixson High School and performs on the viola in his high school orchestra as well as Chattanooga’s Youth Symphony Orchestra as principal violist while studying under CSO violist Tamara Hobbs. Over the past few years, he has participated in Tennessee’s All-East & All-State Orchestras and has played in various chamber ensembles for gigs as well as festivals and youth programs, one of which currently stays as an independent string ensemble comprised of three Chattanooga high school students. He also attended Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2015 and plans to attend another summer festival in 2017. Outside of music, Brandon enjoys writing, reading about philosophy and psychology, hiking, and web design. He considers his most inspiring musical moment to have occurred during his summer of 2015, where he premiered arrangements and compositions by virtuous composers with a viola quartet at SSMF. After high school, Brandon intends to study music in university and develop a professional music career.

Hayden Daniel, Violin

Haydel Daniel McGrath
Hayden Daniel is a 16-year-old junior at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Hayden has been studying violin since age 7, beginning with Holly Fe de Leon and currently with Dr. Josh Holritz, associate concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony. The son of Brent and Julie Daniel also plays with the Silverdale Baptist Youth Band and has sung with the Chattanooga Boys Choir since he was 8 years old. In 2017, Hayden made a solo debut with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony on the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto as a winner of the CSOYO’s concerto competition.

Sasha Hitachi-Kizziah, Flute

Sasha Hitachi-Kizziah
Sasha Hitachi-Kizziah is currently a student at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. She began studying the piano at the age of four. At seven, she learned the recorder playing with her school’s music teacher, Carey Shinbaum. Sasha studied the flute with Dr. Heather Small from the age of nine to twelve, and began studying the flute with Kristen Holritz in January 2016 as well as music theory with Kayoko Dan. In 2014, she auditioned for the CSOYO and became first chair flute for the philharmonic. In the 2015-2017 years, she has served as second chair in the symphony orchestra. Sasha has performed in master classes with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy and Angela Jones-Reus, participated in a flute clinic with Patricia George, and won first in the Atlanta Flute Club artist competition. She attended the 2016 Sewanee Summer music camp with Patricia George, and also played a concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in 2016. Other accomplishments include performing at the 2013 Mid-South Flute Festival showcase/masterclass in Murfreesboro, TN, and a winners recital at the 2017 Atlanta Flute Club Convention.

Allen Liu, Violin

Allen Liu
Allen Liu is a junior at the McCallie School. He began piano studies at age six and violin studies at age seven and currently studies with Sonja Foster in Atlanta. Allen is a two-time participant in the National Youth Orchestra 2 program at Carnegie Hall and has received honors such as first place in the Tennessee Music Teachers Association string performance competition, Concertmaster of the All-State East Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the All-State Orchestra, and a solo debut on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Allen has attended festivals such as the Meadowmount School of Music and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Allen has performed chamber music as a founding member of the Ponticello Trio and has played in masterclasses and coachings with the Dover and Pacifica Quartets. Outside of performance, Allen is involved in the String Theory Youth Initiative, a local arts leadership organization, and is a current Chair. When not involved in music, Allen enjoys Mock Trial and math competitions enjoys spending his free time taking walks while listening to podcasts, reading about philosophy and ethics, and cooking.

The workshop will take place at Cadek Hall from 6:00-8:00 PM on March 28, 2017. The address is 725 Oak Street. Parking is available in the lots by Cadek after 5 PM.