Jonathan Lewis (cello) and Anastasia Lewis (double bass) attended the O'Connor Method Camp NYC this past August and wrote a lovely article about their experiences that was featured in their youth orchestra's newsletter.
Along with Jonathan and Anastasia's testimonials, other camp participants said:
“Dear Mark & Maggie, I just wanted to say thanks again for your extremely generous spirits and for all that you did this week for all the kids (& adults) in the camp. My nephew, James London is a Suzuki kid, and had not learned any O'Connor method rep until a few days before camp. He really enjoyed the camp, learned a great deal, and made new friends. He also mentioned that he really enjoyed Sara Caswell's classes. It was a real joy for me to watch the absolutely wonderful way you both interacted with the kids and created such an amazing vibe. I have quickly become a huge supporter of your Method and all you are trying to do. Thanks again." - Rich Campbell (Parent)
"Dear Maggie and Mark, I wanted to thank you again for giving me and my students the wonderful opportunity of last week. I personally enjoyed every moment I spent there and definitely learned lots of useful and new things for my teaching, which will be definitely improving my work after this week! Tahir and Shabnan couldn't believe themselves...it was such a new and different opportunity for them. I'm so happy they were able to come and I can't wait to see their development. Again, I'm very grateful for all you're doing and for all the help to us." - Leonor Falcón (Teacher Training Course)
"Hi Mark and Maggie, I just wanted to send a BIG thank you for having me at the camp last week. I had a wonderful time and it was amazing to work with kids who are so in love with music. A joy! I hope you two have a wonderful end of summer and thanks again. I had a blast! Congratulations on an amazing enterprise!" - Isabel Fairbanks (Faculty)
In November 2002, Jonathan Cooper, a well-respected violin maker from Maine, had a wonderful idea for honoring Daniel Pearl, the violinist, fiddler and Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan earlier that year.
To continue Daniel’s legacy through a musical mission of peace, Jon crafted a work of art, the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, and presented it to composer and violinist Mark O'Connor at a Boston concert in honor of Daniel. From that initial inspiration, the array of Daniel Pearl Memorial Instruments grew, eventually becoming a quartet of uniquely beautiful stringed instruments dedicated to Danny’s memory.
The instruments are now presented each year to promising young musicians by Mark O’Connor. At the O’Connor Method Camp New York City, exceptional string students are awarded the honor to play these instruments for a year and receive free tuition for next year's NYC Camp, passing on the instruments to more lucky recipients.
"By passing the instruments through so many hands and playing past musical borders, we hope that the beautiful sound of these violins will help inspire listeners to live in harmony, on a peaceful planet.” –Jon Cooper.
Congratulations to this year's recipients:
Katherine Evans, violin Hana Morford, viola Ronan Brown, violin
After a successful camp in New York City, Mark and Maggie O'Connor traveled to Veszprém, Hungary to perform at theAuer Hegedűfesztiválled by concertmaster and director Péter Kováts, pictured in the center above, who also wrote some of the liner notes in their new album "Duo." The Auer Hegedűfesztivál honors the life and music of Leopold Auer, one of the most influential violin pedagogues in history.Professor Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winning violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of the great classical composer Bela Bartok:
“The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!”
O'Connor Method Student Ella Kavanaugh plays "Arkansas Traveler" from Book II on her violin in Times Square, NYC. Congratulations Ella!
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The O'Connor Method for string teachers and students is a 10-Book series designed to guide students gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, well-rounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces.