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Mendy Smith

Finding a new teacher

May 1, 2006 at 3:42 AM

Who would have thought that finding a viola teacher would be so difficult? Almost every teacher in the area seems to be either fully scheduled, or only teaches up to intermediate level. After many calls and e-mails, I finally found a teacher - Tayva Turner. To my pride and dismay she said that I was really to advanced for her to teach me much and recommended me to another teacher. However, she will take me on for a few months to work on my vibrato and refine my technique with the new viola.

She recommended that I try Joël Belgique. He is the principal violist in the Oregon Symphony. I e-mailed him, and got a response today. He may have an opening for me come fall. (crossing fingers)

From Christina C.
Posted on May 1, 2006 at 7:32 PM
perhaps another possibilty (Belgique's stand partner, I think):


From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 5, 2006 at 3:58 PM
Hi Mendy! Sorry it's been a challenge to find the right teacher, but you have to admit, it's kind of a cool problem to have (the "too advanced" bit). Fingers crossed for you and J. Belgique.

Hey, the rain finally stopped here. Growing season, look out!

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