No. 96, August/September 2001
Stringletter

No. 96, August/September 2001

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A Teacher at the Top
Scores of former students call studying with Charles Castleman the best thing that ever happened to them. So what's his secret? By Hollis Taylor.

That First Violin
Good and even great instruments are easy to find and surprisingly affordable. Here are 18 starter outfits--bow and case included--that cost $1,500 or less. With tips on getting what you want, without hassle. By Heather K. Scott.

MUSIC SCHOOL DIRECTORY
North American Universities, Colleges, and Conservatories.

NEWS & NOTES
News on Mehta tour, Edwin Finckel, Guarneri Quartet's new cellist, and more.

NEWS SPOTLIGHT
A Winner Wins Again . Violinist Judith Ingolfsson's latest award confirms her place among the stars Profile of Judith Ingolfsson's recent accomplishments; namely the 2001 Cleveland Institute's award. By Edith Eisler.

Q&A
Silver or Gold . The question of whether gold-mounted bows are better than silver-mounted bows. By Yung Chin.

PRACTICAL MUSICIAN
Start a Home Studio. Your students will blossom while you save time and money--if you keep an eye out for the pitfalls; how to set up your own home studio for teaching lessons to a variety of students. By John Blasquez.

MASTER CLASS
The World Below G. Subharmonics extend the violin's range; an introduction to subharmonics (tones pitched below the conventional violin range). By Mari Kimura.

PLAY IT!
An East-West Duet. German composer Karl Michael Komma blends subtle Japanese melodies with robust Western accompaniment; a duet for cello and piano with an Eastern flair by German composer Karl Michael Komma. By Rebecca Rust.

YOUR INTRUMENT
Try a Little Tenderness . Just brought home a new instrument? A top builder tells how to get it sounding great; how to maintain and care for your new instrument as it ages. By James N. McKean.

SHOP VISIT
A Searcher for Sound. Luthier Tim Jansma collaborates with cellist KoIwasaki to build a soloist's dream instrument; profile of instrument maker Tim Jansma. By David Fox.

LETTER FROM
Backward Play I . Who says bowing on the left is a bad idea? Playing fiddle on the right side allows a disabled fiddler to continue to perform. By Ryan Thomson.

ON RECORD
Twentieth-Century Treasures . You'll find plenty of soul and substance in these ten hidden gems; a round-up of 20th-century recordings. By Andrew Palmer.

ON STAGE
Portland's Shining Spring. Masterful music and inspired programming from Starker, the Emerson Quartet and more; review of spring concerts in Portland (and Seattle), including Portland Baroquque Orchestra, and more. By Bill Smith.

SHORT TAKES
Dance Lessons. A Portland Selection (CD of traditional fiddle tunes), by Clyde Curley and Susan Songer, CD review. By Bobbi Shern Nikles.

Inside Story. The Violin Explained, by James Beament, book review of James Beament's book on the violin. By Jeffrey Solow.

AUCTION REPORT

NEW PRODUCTS
Product reviews of Knilling's new Planetary Peg, Fender's new electric violin, and more.

ENCORE
Cool Strings, Hot Music. Talk about warming up an audience. Try playing instruments made of ice; Roger Landes participates in a concert performance with ice instruments. By Robert Landes.


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