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December 15 workshop is open to all students 9th grade and above

Saturday, December 15, 2012
11:30am to 6:15pm


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Viola with Barbara Sudweeks, Associate Principal Viola DSO
Barbara Sudweeks has been a member of the DSO since 1976. She has been a concerto soloist with the Dallas Symphony, the Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the New Philharmonic of Irving, Texas. She is a member of the October Trio (flute, harp and viola) and the contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change. She has also been a member of other groups such as the Walden Piano Quartet, the Dallas String Quartet, the Dallas Bach Society, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Richardson Chamber Music Society and the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society. She has appeared in chamber music concerts with Pinchas Zukerman, William Preucil, Vadim Gluzman and Yefim Bronfman. A former member of An die Musik, she has recorded and concertized extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has been a recital soloist throughout the United States as well as Australia and China. Ms. Sudweeks has participated in summer festivals such as the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado. Before coming to Dallas, Ms. Sudweeks was principal viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic (Ontario, Canada) and a member of the Utah Symphony.

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Violin with Diane Kitzman, Interim Associate Concertmaster DSO
Diane Kitzman is fourth chair first violin in the Dallas Symphony. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music degree. While at U.M. she studied with Gustave Rossels and Angel Reyes and was a member of the Honors String Quartet. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in her high school years. Prior to joining the DSO she played principal second violin in the Grand Rapids Symphony. While in Grand Rapids she was a member of the DeVos String Quartet. Since joining the DSO in 1981 she has recorded extensively with the orchestra on many labels: RCA, Telarc, EMI, Pro Arte, Dorian, and most recently with the Delos Recording Co. Mrs. Kitzman has also served as an acting concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony. She was invited to perform with Chamber Music International in Dallas. She has performed and toured with Mainly Mozart based in San Diego. As a member of the Tesoro String Quartet she taught a chamber music course and played an extensive recital series at UTD. The quartet also made two CDs with the Turtle Creek Chorale.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Double Bass with Tom Lederer, Co-Principal Double Bass DSO
Tom Lederer joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1978. Before joining the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and was principal bass with the CBC Radio Orchestra. Lederer received a bachelor's degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University and is currently a part of the music faculty at Southern Methodist University. His son, Jean-Etienne, who is also a bassist, has performed on numerous occasions with his father and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. — Cello with Andres Diaz, International Recording Artist and Cellist
Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Mr. Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe) and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998. His numerous orchestral appearances have included return engagements with the Atlanta Symphony, the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle, Rochester under Christopher Seaman, the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival with Edo de Waart conducting, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Díaz’s summer festival appearances (including frequent return engagements) include the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bravo! Colorado, Spoleto, Saratoga and Tanglewood festivals. Mr. Díaz graduated from the New England Conservatory where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and currently plays an active role in chamber music performances with the Conservatory’s faculty. He served for five years as Associate Professor of Cello at the Boston University and Co-Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Quartet Program, resigning in September 2001. Mr. Díaz plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller Cello and a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Prof. Murray at to book a time. All repertoire, including audition repertoire, is welcome. Please indicate your repertoire in the email. Slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Call 214-768-3680 for additional details or email

String Auditions may be scheduled on December 1, January 26, February 9, or February 23 through our website at:

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