School of Music

Viola students set to fly solo in annual recital

Viola students set to fly solo in annual recital

At 2 p.m. today, 10 School of Music violists will take the floor in McKnight Hall and showcase their talents — their soloist talents, that is. The third annual viola recital, which will give students a chance to practice a very different repertoire and will boast composers such as Franck, Schumann and Shostakovich, benefits the Chautauqua Women’s Club Scholarship Fund.

Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

Megan Yip can be hard on herself. For one, she insists she sweats too much. After spending hours playing her cello, a thin layer of rosin builds up beneath the strings and her fingerprints leave a greasy glow on the fingerboard and neck. She hopes to keep her modern Italian cello, which she purchased three days before arriving at Chautauqua Institution, in pristine shape so she wipes off any grime after she plays.