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Boston Conservatory Announces New String Artist-in-Residency

Boston, MA—The Boston Conservatory announces its new annual String Artist-in-Residence Series beginning in 2010-2011. The new series invites guest faculty artists—each a notable luminary in world of string musicians—to come to the Conservatory to perform and to teach master classes and individual lessons with select students to help them gain a deeper understanding of their instrument and the discipline behind it.

According to Andrew Mark, chair of the Conservatory’s string department, “Exposure to these great musicians of our time helps our students understand the rich heritage of our art and gives them a respect for the traditions that they will be responsible for carrying forward to new generations. All three of these guest artists are deeply committed to and passionate about their art. I know that our students will not soon forget how much these experiences have touched their musical lives.”

The line-up for the 2010-2011 String Artist-in-Residence Series includes Jorja Fleezanis (serving a one-week residency during the school year), Joseph Silverstein (making four one-day visits in fall 2010) and Pamela Frank (making two two-day visits in spring 2011). While individual lessons will be limited to a select number of students, all lessons will be open.


Jorja Fleezanis
Jorja Fleezanis served as concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra for 20 years before recently retiring to accept an appointment as Professor of Orchestral Studies and Violin at Indiana University. She brings a wealth of knowledge about orchestra, chamber music and contemporary music, as well as a deep love of violin study and an understanding of the discipline artists need to accomplish their goals.

During her one-week residency during the 2010-2011 school year. Fleezanis will serve as concertmaster of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra for one of its regular season concerts. Students will share her joy for large ensemble playing and will experience what it means to be an effective leader. She will also teach master classes in violin and chamber music repertoire.

Joseph Silverstein
After attending The Curtis Institute of Music, Joseph Silverstein joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1955, became concertmaster in 1962 and assistant conductor in 1971, holding both positions through the 1983-84 season. He was the music director of the Utah Symphony until 1998, and has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1993. He is currently on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Curtis Institute of Music. Silverstein is a complete musician who bridges the 21st century with the wisdom and inspirations of the violin masters of the earlier half of the 20th century.

During his series of visits in fall 2010, Silverstein will perform with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra as soloist. He will also present a series of violin and chamber master classes as well as individual (open) lessons.

Pamela Frank
International concert artist Pamela Frank is the recipient of the prestigious 1988 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 1999 Avery Fisher Prize. She has performed internationally as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, as a recitalist on leading concert stages and as a chamber musician collaborating with distinguished soloists and ensembles. She is on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music.

During her series of visits in fall 2011, Frank will share her passionate and vivacious musical coaching style with our students in master classes for both violin and chamber music repertoire, as well as in individual (open) lessons.


The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multi-disciplinary environment, The Boston Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater, and presents more than 200 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. For more information, visit

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