Fall 2020

For Fall 2020, NWS will be a virtual program offering online private lessons with our quality staff and also “String Thing Hangouts” instead of ensembles.  Students will also be receiving an educational and fun student newsletter once a month prepared by NWS staff members.

String Thing Hangouts

A complete schedule of our scheduled Hangouts is available on our events page. Below is more info about our upcoming sessions.

Current NWS students will be able to participate live in our interactive hangout sessions.

Auditing Hangouts:  You can get in on the fun too! Although we are saving center stage for our students, you can still join in and learn from professional musicians by auditing our hangouts with guest artists. Auditors will receive a link to join the hangout live, however they will have their video off and their microphone muted. They can still have their instruments with them to practice the presenter’s techniques in real time. All ages are welcome!  Cost to audit a hangout is $5 and can be paid through PayPal on our “Donate” page or by check: made payable and mailed to NorthWoods Strings PO Box 13081, Hayward, WI 54843.  To register as an auditor click here.   Registration for each event closes at 2:00pm on the day of the Hangout.  Hangouts start at 4:00 pm.

If you have any questions about our hangouts or other programing, please contact us.  

We also hope to make recordings of the sessions available as well.

Hangout One: Sept 14th with Becky Deters

Topics:  Warm Up Welcome – Question of the Day – Bow Hold Soup – Set, Torque, Pull! – Color Your Piece – What’s My Line – DoReMi Farewell

Hangout Two:  Sept 28th with guest Ivar Lunde, Jr.
Topic: Exploring Music With Ivar Lunde, Jr.
What is the purpose of film music?  Ivar Lunde, Jr. will share his approach to scoring for film with students.
Ivar Lunde, Jr., owner and operator of Skyline Publications and Skyline Studios, has been part of the Eau Claire Music scene for almost 50 years.  He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, former principal oboist and conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and cofounder of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, which he led for 25 years.  He has taught summer music camps in Idaho and Wisconsin and was Instructor of Oboe and Saxophone at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He was principal oboist with the Norwegian National Opera and performed later with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington D.C.  He has been soloist with many orchestras in Europe, including the Bergen Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic in his native country of Norway. Internationally he has, as a composer, received numerous awards.  Many compositions have been recorded and are available locally and on the Internet. Current projects include composing music for the film industry.

Upon his retirement as Music Director of ECCO Lunde was named Music Director Emeritus. He is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Red Cedar Symphony.

“My passion is composing music for the film industry. My main instrument is oboe but I have played most instruments, including the saxophone. I would boast about my violin skills if it were not for the challenges posed by the 4th finger on my left hand! Sharing my approach to film scoring with all the string students at NorthWoods Strings will be a delight.”
“Spirits of the Forest”

Written specifically for flutist Peter Phippen, this work allows him to fully explore his improvisational skills. The work is composed by Ivar Lunde, Jr., who also conducts the performance by the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. All nature video was shot by Ivar Lunde, Jr., in northern Wisconsin. The production is a collaboration between the local Community Television and Skyline Studios.


Hangout Three: October 12th with Becky Deters and Betty Braunstein

Topics: Question of the day- Arachno-batics -1-2-3 Tone- Music and Culture – What’s my line?


Hangout Four: October 26th with guest Josh Aerie  4-5pm
Topic: Bringing Music to Life: Becoming an Interpretive Artist
Josh Aerie is a cellist, symphonic conductor, music educator, and arts advocate. Josh has performed throughout the US and abroad, and is an enthusiastic collaborator. He is a founding member of the Sylvan Trio and Gichigami Piano Trio, and has premiered many new works as both conductor and cellist.
Josh can be heard on numerous recordings and on classical radio programs and streaming services
nationwide. In collaboration with Cincinnati composer Rick Sowash, Josh recently released an album of new music, titled Seasonal Breezes: Five Chamber Works by Rick Sowash Featuring Josh Aerie, Cello.
Josh is currently Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Indiana, the state’s oldest symphony. Additionally,  he is Executive Director of The Music Village, a community musical arts center and school in South Bend, Indiana.
Previously, Josh lived in Duluth where he served on the music faculties of the University of Wisconsin- Superior, College of St. Scholastica, and Mesabi Range College. While living in the Northland, he was Music Director of the Mesabi Symphony, Heartland Symphony, Red Cedar Symphony, and Duluth Community Orchestra. In 2010 he co-founded the North Shore Philharmonic with Tracey Gibbens, and in 2007 he founded the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop, an annual immersive opportunity for adult musicians in Tofte.
For more information please visit Josh’s website: www.cellistry.com.
“I’m excited and honored to join my fellow string-player friends in the Northwoods Strings String Thing Hangout! Even though we can’t play together in person these days, I’m looking forward to virtually sharing music, insight, and fun with NorthWoods students. See you in October!”
Debussy Sonata, mvmt. 1, .
Josh Aerie with pianist Kate Lanzer on the PlayList, Duluth, 2013
Hangout Five: November 9th with Becky Deters and Betty Braunstein 4-5pm

Topics: Question of the day- Best Bowing Practices – Canoeing – Composing Cookoff – What’s my Line? – Do Re Mi Farewell

Hangout Six: November 30th with guest Dr. Erin Aldridge  4-5pm
Topic: Finding the Fun in Practicing
“I would absolutely love to be a part of this! Count me in!” said Dr. Erin Aldridge when she first heard about our NorthWoods Strings Online Hangouts. We are so thrilled that she jumped at the chance to participate.
Erin Aldridge has won numerous awards as both soloist and chamber musician and has been featured in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. She is a highly sought-after performer and pedagogue, has been broadcast on National Public Radio, the BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Aldridge attended Indiana University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. She received her Master’s degree and Performer’s Certificate in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a member of the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music under the direction of the Fine Arts Quartet. She continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance.
Her primary teachers include Mimi Zweig, Josef Gingold, Nellie Shkolnikova, Rostaslav Dubinsky, Efim Boico, Vartan Manoogian.
In 2003, Dr. Aldridge joined the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She serves as Professor of Violin and Director of Orchestras. She is the Concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and is on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy.
Here is Dr. Erin Aldridge performing with none other than…Dr. Erin Aldridge!
These activities are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.