2013 NCVS Young Violists Competition

The NCVS is proud to present a new competition for talented young violists in Northern California - pre-college teenagers aged 19 and younger as of March 3, 2013. Basic details are below, but Learn more and apply online, here: http://www.norcalviola.org/p/young-violists-competition.html

2013 NCVS Young Violists Competition
March 3, 2013: Final Round at Community Music Center, San Francisco
January 25, 2013: Deadline for Entry
Entry fee: $25
Repertoire requirements: 1-2 Mvts. Solo Bach; 1 Mvt. Standard recital repertoire; Finals repertoire includes a newly commissioned work for solo viola, by violist & composer Kurth Rohde
Cash Prizes: $1000 total to be awarded

Tell your fellow teachers & students - this is a great new opportunity they won't want to miss.

ViolaMANIA 2.0! - Updated Info

Calling all violists and viola lovers:
At long last, ViolaMANIA 2.0 is almost here!

Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
Who: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with the Northern California Viola Society
When: MONDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2012
 - Pre-concert Viola Fair - DOORS OPEN AT 5:30pm
 ViolaMANIA 2.0! - CONCERT STARTS: 8pm
 - In Advance: $8.50 - Buy Online through www.ticketweb.com
 - At the door: $10.50
 - Bring a viola to play along & get $1 off the door price

Can't make it to the show? Watch LIVE (8pm PST) online at www.concertwindow.com [Buy your $3 Viewing Pass Here]

Join us October 29th in Berkeley as more than two dozen local professionals, amateurs, students, teachers and superstars come together to perform in ViolaMANIA 2.0!, a fun & vibrant, unforgettable, wide-ranging viola extravaganza.

A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the non-profit NCVS, in support of the variety of exciting, educational & community-building events & activities we are planning for the coming season, and beyond.

The sequel to 2010's blowout original, ViolaMANIA 2.0! is going to be bigger, better and perhaps scarier, given its proximity to Halloween (and the November election, for that matter), including: 

Expanded pre-concert Viola Fair in the lobby
 * A silent auction and raffle (come early to peruse the fab offerings and place your bids)
 * Viola ensemble chamber music reading in the lobby organized by AVS Past-president Dr. Thomas Tatton - come early to sign up & play
 * Local vendor tables, sharing their wares and services
 * Special NCVS and ViolaMANIA apparel & accessories available for purchase, some of which features new, special-to-the-NCVS artwork created by the SF-based, '70s underground comics maestro Michael McMillan
 * The famous Viola Joke Box
 * Food and drink provided (for purchase) by the good folks hosting us at the Freight...

Increased program variety on stage:
 * Including music by (so far...) J.S. Bach, Wagner, Gordon Jacob, Nils Bultmann, Jeremy Cohen, Katrina Wreede, Cookie Segelstein & G.P. Telemann.
 * The inaugural Battle of the Bratschen will feature a pair of brave school orchestra viola sections playing classic symphonic excerpts in competition for your love & affection
 * The en masse reading of the Telemann G Major Viola Concerto concludes the evening, complete with raffled-off cadenzas and the orchestral part performed by a small contingent of our "Violarchestra" core while everybody else in the room who brought their viola joins in together for the potentially world record-breaking group "solo."

More fantastic performers
 * Jonathan Vinocour, Jodi Levitz, Paul Yarbrough, Charlton Lee, Ethan Filner, Ben Simon, Katie Wreede,  Nils Bultmann, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, Cookie Segelstein, Darcy Rindt, Ellen Rose, Daria D'Andrea, Patty Heller, Wendy Clymer, Emily Onderdonk, Jason Pyszkowski, Kevin Jim, Sue Nelson, Sandy Leem, Stephen Moore, David Cann, & Tom Tatton. To name a few.

Over $1000 worth of Fabulous Raffle and Silent Auction Items
 * Bow rehairs by local masters
 * Carbon-fiber bow from Shar
 * A night at the Inn at the Opera in San Francisco
 * An SF Chamber Orchestra Family Membership
 * SF Performances concert tickets
 * Featured Artist recordings
 * Wine & Liquor baskets
 * Sheet music by local and not-so-local composers
 * A Mini metronome
 * Portable Stand lights
 * Other music accessories
 * & More!

This is truly a "must see to believe" event. But seating is limited! If you're thinking of coming, we encourage you to buy online in advance to both save $2 and ensure you'll be a part of the show.

Questions or comments? Email: ncvs@norcalviola.org

See you there!

ViolaMANIA 2.0! Tickets Information

Tickets! Tickets!

The first ViolaMANIA sold out, standing room only; we're expecting the same to happen this October when we present ViolaMANIA 2.0! Don't miss out, buy your tickets online to save a couple of dollars off the $10.50 door price and ensure you'll have a seat at this awesome show.

Buy your tickets to ViolaMANIA 2.0

Read more about ViolaMANIA 2.0 at the SF Chamber Orchestra website:

Read more about ViolaMANIA 2.0 at the Freight & Salvage website:

ViolaMANIA 2.0! - October 29, 2012

When: October 29, 2012
Where: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley CA
How? Hosted by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, presenting us on their Classical @ the Freight concert series.

That's right, ViolaMANIA is back! Version 2.0 - bigger, better, scarrier. Two nights before Halloween, we'll fill the hall again at Freight & Salvage, with audience and with players, as we once again will try to break the World Record for the number of violists performing the same piece at the same time.

Program details are nearly worked out and more information about the evening will come soon, but the most important thing is you mark your calendars for October 29th 2012 and keep your day free - we will have some pre-concert shenanigans beginning around 5 or 6pm in the lobby, including impromptu viola ensemble reading sessions; raffle prizes and silent auction items on display; vendor tables filled with local and not-so-local merchandise; and pending approval of our hosts, a potluck table or two.

In 2010 we nearly had to turn people away and the concert began almost 15 minutes late in order to get everyone in the door, people had lined up down the street to take part in the phenomenon that was ViolaMANIA! Don't miss your chance to be a part of the long-awaited sequel: buy your tickets in advance online! and save a couple of bucks off the at-the-door price.

Online: $8.50 at www.ticketweb.com
At the door: $10.50
At the door WITH A VIOLA IN HAND: $9.50

Official concert start time: 8:00pm
Pre-concert activities in the lobby beginning around 5:30pm Battle of the Bratschen SEMI-FINALS at 7:00pm in the hall (more details forthcoming)

See you there!

2012 SpringBoard Meeting

2012 NCVS SpringBoard Meeting & Reading

Monday May 21 in Daly City we are holding our first board meeting of 2012, and we're opening things up a bit; if you'd like to get involved in the 5pm meeting and/or the 6:30pm reading party & potluck, shoot an email over to norcalviola@gmail.com to RSVP and get the exact location.

We know this is last-minute; space is limited and only a few spots remain for this event. Don't worry though, if you're reading this way late - there will be other opportunites to get involved throughout the rest of the year. Watch this space!