Classes at a Glance

Beginner/Lower Intermediate Classes: 

  • Discovering Trills - Chris Acquavella
  • The (St)Art of Tremolo - Sebastiaan de Grebber

Upper Intermediate/Advanced Classes

  • Carpiccio Spagnuola by Carlo Munier - Sebastiaan de Grebber
  • Andante from Sonata No. II by J.S. Bach - Chris Acquavella 

Group Classes: 

  • Progressive Ensemble Playing - Sebastiaan de Grebber
  • Antonio Riggieri: From Airs to La Fustemberg. - Chris Acquavella
  • Optimizing your Music Practice - Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch
  • Unleash Your Creativity. - Brian Dean

Debut Ensemble: conducted by Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch

  • Pratorische Tanze by Paulsen-Bahnsen 

SDCMC Orchestra: conducted by Chris Acquavella & Sebastiaan de Grebber

  • Furiant by Fibich
  • La Vita e Bella by Piovani
  • Yiddish Hora (traditional klezmer) arr. E. Stein

Bier und Bach Night:

  • Chorale No. 15 by J.S. Bach (beginner piece)
  • Vivace from Trio Sonata n. 6 by J.S. Bach (advanced piece)

Class Details and Descriptions

Chris' Classes

·      Group Class – Antonio Riggieri: From Airs to La Fustemberg."Antonio Riggieri, Matre de Mandoline, Italy" was a composer who published numerous works for mandolin in Paris in the second half of the 18th century. Little is known about Antonio Riggieri’s life and travels. Around 1780 he stayed in Paris. He worked there as a teacher of mandolin and published from 1781 to 1783 several collections of music for mandolin, which he dedicated to well-known personalities of the city. The preserved collections op. 1 to op. 4 for two mandolins or mandolin and basso are now preserved in Paris, London and Berlin. This class will look at various extracts from Riggieri’s Airs, Mandolin Duets and La Fustemberg Variations. Talk about different elements of Riggieri’s compositions; working on various right hand techniques from the 18thCentury. 

·      Beginner/Lower Intermediate Class – Discovering Trills.Trills are such an important element of playing pieces ranging from the Baroque period, Classical Era and the Romantic period. This class, designed for lower level students, will break down the various aspects of creating a musical trill. We will also look at the different styles of trills and which music period they below to. 

·      Upper Intermediate/Advanced Class – Andante from Sonata No. II by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Andante movement from Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003 is one of the most beautifully charming movements from the Bach solo violin sonatas and partitas. Bach’s work transcribes so well on any instrument that chooses to play the notes. The mandolin excels at this piece because of its ability to sustain chords and melody line together. This class will discuss various ways to learn this piece, musical phrasing, fingering choices and dynamic outline.


Sebastiaan's Classes

·      Group Class – Progressive Ensemble Playing. Hocket/Interlocking, musical machines, ostinate, alternate crosspicking scales, call response and many more in a progressive study class. A versatile program that will combine interactive ensemble playing with upscaling technical exercises and improvising. 

·      Beginner/Lower Intermediate Class - The (St)Art of Tremolo. The tremolo brings out the voice of the mandolin, the cantabile. By making a good tremolo you can make the mandolin sing in any style you want. Easier said than done, but in this class we will walk through the basics, explore the tremolo’s origin and applicability and explain the mechanisms.

·      Upper Intermediate/Advanced - Playing and Reading Between the Lines. The advanced class will work on Capriccio Spagnuolo by Carlo Munier. Well know pieces, show pieces and hard mandolin pieces that are technically mastered usually need less of a mandolinist-approach and more of a musicians-approach in order to bring across the musical story of the compositions. The mandolin-technique becomes the means and the music the goal, but both always need each other. In this class we are going to explore these possibilities and challenges in the pieces stated above.


Steffi's Classes

·      Group Class - Optimizing Your Music Practice. In this class we will look at theoretical and practical questions around our daily practice routines. When we sit down to practice, haven't we experienced the following? "There are these few measures that just won't work. What can I do to reach my goal? How can I finally play them in a better way?" All the hard work we put in and then sometimes we go somewhere else and just want to sit down and play, but what happens is this: "It worked at home, it actually went so well! Why doesn't it work in the rehearsal or on stage in the concert?" And sometimes we even find ourselves in this situation: "I did sit down to practice… but then – again – I ended up only playing pieces I already know." 

Situations like these and many more similar scenarios accompany us in our musical everyday life when we try to practice regularly. In this class, we want to discover solutions to the challenges we face so often when trying to get better on our instruments. We will find ways to optimize our regular practicing routine and to make our practice life easier. Together we will talk about tips that effectively help anyone who wants to get better on their instruments – and to enjoy making music even more. Practicing can be fun! 

Preliminaries: Everybody is welcome! If you know of a certain problem that you are facing very often, feel free to bring it to the class.


Brian's Class

·      Group Class - Unleashing Your Creativity. Priming the creative pump, discovering nascent sources of imagination, and why we need to put them to use. 


Debut Ensemble: conducted by Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch

• Pratorische Tanze by Paulsen-Bahnsen 

SDCMC Orchestra: conducted by Chris Acquavella & Sebastiaan de Grebber

• Furiant by Fibich

• La Vita e Bella by Piovani

• Yiddish Hora (traditional klezmer) arr. E. Stein

Bier und Bach Night: relaxed night-time jam. 

• Chorale No. 15 by J.S. Bach (beginner piece)

• Vivace from Trio Sonata n. 6 by J.S. Bach (advanced piece)

Orchestra Music