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Friday, November 23 • 09:30 - 10:00
Seeing Beyond the Barline

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This lecture will feature a dialog between violists Dr. Rebecca Glass and Ms. Kathryn Lowman
about the unique tools and techniques that Dr. Glass, a blind violist, has acquired for
performance. We will discuss her tools for memorization, artistic expression and how her lack
of sight of the printed edition propels her artistic freedom.
Dr. Glass recently became the first blind student to receive a terminal degree in string
performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In order to complete this remarkable
accomplishment, Dr. Glass performed in the CIM orchestra, chamber ensembles and has given
many solo recitals. In learning the repertoire required to achieve such a feat, she has developed
a unique method of large-scale memorization that has allowed her to quickly absorb and
interpret the most challenging works of our viola repertoire. Because memorization is required
as the first step of learning new repertoire for the blind, Dr. Glass must make musical decisions
at the very onset of her learning process. Contrary to the majority of professional musicians, all
of these advanced artistic decisions are made without the visual influence of the printed edition.
The discussion will address a variety of questions including:
  • Can the lack of a printed part help us in forming musical decisions?
  • How does one go about structuring phrases without the minute details provided in the score?
  • What variety of outside recordings should be consulted at the onset of learning a new piece?
  • As pedagogues, how can we encourage our students to develop their own voice through auditory learning?
  • For performers, what is the most effective form of long-term memorization?
  • At what stage of learning should sighted players begin memorization?
Through this lecture we hope to highlight key skills that Dr. Glass has acquired and translate
them to the sighted player. By making the argument that every performer's learning process,
whether visual or auditory, carries with it certain unavoidable pitfalls, our goal is to encourage
musicians to reexamine their own procedure to see beyond the barline in performance practice.

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Kathryn Lowman

University of Maryland (USA)
Kathryn Lowman, a native of Wheaton, IL, began her viola studies as a student of the SuzukiMethod at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from theCleveland Institute of Music where studied with Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs.Kathryn went... Read More →

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Rebecca Glass

Cleveland Institute of Music (USA)
Born in Dallas, Texas, violist Rebecca Glass earned her doctorate degree in viola performance in2017 from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she also completed studies at the BM and MM levels.As well as collaborating in summer music programs, she has also performed numerous solo... Read More →

Friday November 23, 2018 09:30 - 10:00 CET
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

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