2020 WORKSHOPS - Vermont

Classes, Concerts, Creativity, Community, Cuisine, Collaboration

June 4-7, 2020 - Creative Cello Workshop, with Eugene Friesen, Malcolm Parson & Marta Roma

Click for more information and registration: http://www.vermont-improv.com

July 9-12, 2020 - Brazilian & Gypsy Jazz, with Eugene Friesen (cello),Jason Anick (mandolin, violin), Max O'Rourke (guitar), Café da Silva (percussion)

Click for more information and registration: http://www.vermont-improv.com

From Eugene:

"I love working with players who are making the transition from reading sheet music to creating their own music and unique repertoire. I work with players of all the instruments in the orchestra, our classical training gives us some very special challenges as well as advantages, and it's useful to view our training through a creative lens.  In my case, the cello has been a lifelong companion in my discovery of music, soul expression, stylistic explorations, and composition and I'm ready to share what I've learned.

Not everyone can attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, so I offer three workshops each summer in my hometown of Bellows Falls, Vermont described above,  just and click on the links for more info and registration.

I also offer workshops and lessons around my concert dates all over the world, please join my email list and stay posted to my tour dates - let me know if you’d like to schedule a class or a lesson when I’m near you.

Another option is private online lessons, a really effective way to suggest new practice workouts that fit your goals and to monitor your progress. When you're ready to reinvent your playing and your repertoire please email me for more information: mailto:eugenefriesencello@gmail.com (Check the store for lesson options:/store)

Here's a great note from our recent "Gypsy Jazz & Brazilian" workshop:

'As a novice classical bassist this weekend was a transformative experience for me, both musically and personally. Although I found myself in a group of highly accomplished musicians I was embraced and allowed to learn at my level, with special credit to the very generous assistance of Eliot Wadopian, one of the instructors.  I was able to begin the transition from classical to jazz play and, with the rest of the group, left with enough tools to keep me going for many, many months (probably years) to come.  More importantly for me, however, was the personal impact this workshop had.  The spirit of love and positivity that I found among the workshop leaders and fellow participants was infectious and lifted me in a way that I had not anticipated when signing up. I am very grateful to Eugene and his colleagues for sending me away with an entirely new perspective on music and life.  I will be back.' - Irwin Kuperberg

I hope to see you in Vermont, online, or at a concert!"




Participants Comment:

“Eugene's String Institute was the best pure music-making I have experienced in many years. His openness, depth of knowledge, and mastery of the cello led everyone to unlock doors to personal expression that will stay open for a long time. This weekend was a gift.”  

- Crispin Campbell,  
Interlochen Arts Academy, MI  


“I just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your schedule to conduct our District 2 orchestra this past weekend. It was a real honor to work with someone of your talent and get the chance to see you perform live. Hope to see you in Maine again soon and I love your new album!”  

- Dana, South Paris, ME  


“Eugene, thank you so much for spending just that little amount of time working with me and the others in your master class at Camp Allegro, we all really appreciated it. The things you taught me, even in so little time have inspired me beyond what I could even imagine on my cello. My playing has improved tremendously, I cannot wait till I have the honor to meet with you again. Till then, play on and be brilliant!”  

- Audra, Wichita, KS  


“Oh, I see how this works.  
Yesterday you couldn't get me to play a solo, and today you can't get me to stop!”  

- Janet Haarvig, cellist, composer,  
Proctor, MT