No. 169, May 2009

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Hilary Hahn Plays Higdon
Violinist premieres new violin concerto By James Reel
Profile of James Ehnes
For the Canadian violinist, a peerless performance is a point of pride By Andrew Palmer
Mendelssohn Project
Richard Wagner vilified him. The Nazis tried to silence him. A new research project reclaims missing Mendelssohn works By James Reel
Finding the Best Teacher and School for You
My search for the right school By Gabriel Cabezas
Choosing the Right College Degree
Conservatory or university? What type of music degree will prepare you for the work world? By Louise Lee

Real-World Training
The International Festival-Institute at Round Top is an intense and rewarding experience By Heather K. Scott

16 Career Tips for Aspiring String Professionals
Get an edge on the competition By Anna Stafford

Profile of Andrew Bird
The violinist, singer, and songwriter explores the classics By Rory Williams

Tips from Yo-Yo Ma
3 goals for the successful musician By Rory Williams

News & Notes
News and Notes Who got Grammys; Lincoln fiddle restored; a Mozart premiere; violin community's generous donation; plus Bench Marks

News Spotlight
Mutter on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto German violinist revisits Romantic chestnut concerto By Edith Eisler

Strings 101
Improve Your Intonation This technique involves more than just finger placement By Jeremy Cohen

Play It!
'Bethena' for String Quartet Try this Scott Joplin tune arrangement. With music to play By Elisa M. Welch

Master Class
Exploring Beethoven's Op. 132 Mortality and meaning can be found in this late quartet By Masumi Per Rostad

Teaching Strings
The Benefits of Studying Jazz Jazz workshops encourage students to let their creativity fly By Donna Shryer

On Record
On Record Violist Melia Watras explores the world of computer-assisted music; and new recordings by the Carducci Quartet, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Tobias Ringborg, the Hot Club of San Francisco, the Endellion String Quartet, and others

In Print
In Print Juilliard president maps the life of composer William Schuman, and more

On Stage
On Stage The St. Lawrence premieres new John Adams string quartet; Mutter and NY Phil mark Mendelssohn's birthday; and Gilles Apap brings down the house in Berlin

Shop Visit
Dameron Midgett's American Collection An impressive collection of New England fiddles comes to the marketplace By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Fixing an Instrument Buzz Common—and uncommon—causes of that most unmusical of sounds By Erin Shrader

New Products
New Products Musilia's new carbon-fiber cello cases, Otto Musica's Artino SR-10 Shoulder Rest, and the Violin Fingerboard Applique By Erin Shrader

Encore
Profile of Ari Roland Jazz bassist helps launch a bop revival By Eric Fine

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