Upper String Studio - Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall
Violin/ Viola students enjoy an intense study in our rich repertoire. UAF String Area provides ample performance and collaborative opportunities through Northern Lights String Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Music at One, chamber music courses, faculty collaborations, and weekly performance masterclasses. Two options for study include Class Violin/Viola Lessons or Private Violin/Viola Lessons.
Class lessons do not require an end of semester jury and meet once a week in a group lesson.
Private lessons come with a more one on one experience, perfect for students who seek a more in-depth study. It offers a weekly one hour lesson, a large ensemble requirement (NLSO or FSO), piano rehearsals and coaching with collaborative pianist Dr. Lorna Eder, an end of semester jury, and a weekly masterclass.
String Masterclass occurs weekly on Monday nights and meets from 5:00pm-6:45 pm in the McGown room FA 217.
Northern Lights String Orchestra meets Mondays from 7:00pm-8:30 pm in Davis Concert Hall.
Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra meets Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:30 pm.
We encourage non-music majors, music minors, and music majors alike. Extra opportunities include masterclasses and collaborations from world class string artists like Shelia Browne, soloist and Juilliard faculty; David Kim, Concertmaster of Philadelphia Symphony; members of the Cypress Quartet; Gabriel Pegis, Principal second of Cincinnati Symphony; Kathryn Eberle, Associate Concertmaster of Utah Symphony; Daniel Han, section violin in the Philadelphia Symphony; Brian Lewis, soloist and UT Austin faculty; Kevin Lawrence, violin faculty UNCSA; Christopher Luther, violist and fiddler; Svend Rønning, Concertmaster of Tacoma Symphony; and Matthew Thomas Troy, guest conductor.
Recent student successes include:
Lisa Ibias ‘19. Soloist with Juneau Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of Juneau Symphony.
Rose Crelli, ’18. Assistant Principal of Huntsville Symphony. Graduate Assistantship at University of Louisville.
Trevor Adams, ‘15 & ’17. Scholarship recipient and Teaching Assistantship at Roosevelt University, Film Composition Degree.
Heidi O’Connor Brooks, ‘15/’16. Hired with Anchorage School District after completing full assistantship MAT program in UASE.
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Dr. Hall is a very passionate teacher who began teaching privately while still in high school. In Cincinnati, he taught violin and school orchestra for numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in the area where he started over 200 new violin students. He also taught chamber music and solo repertoire in the Cincinnati Conservatory Accent 2007 summer program. Bryan has a passion for teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Bryan Hall held the position of Violin Teaching Assistant for the totality of his graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
Hailed by Cincinnati City Beat as “extraordinarily evocative” for his performances, Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall has enjoyed success as both a performer and teacher. He has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, Cincinnati Accent Festival Orchestra, and others. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor. In 2010, Bryan gave his Austin debut recital in collaboration with UT faculty pianist Anton Nel at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received an award for Outstanding Master of Music Degree Recital.
Most recently Bryan Hall has appeared on stage at Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, University of Houston, Colburn Performing Arts School, Stanford University, South by Southwest Festival in Austin, University of California at Santa Barbara, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pörtschach, Austria. Bryan Hall has performed in several professional orchestras including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Round Rock Symphony, Richmond (Indiana) Symphony, and the Middletown Symphony. Bryan attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts during high school where he studied with Nicholas Mann, Joseph Genualdi, and Kevin Lawrence. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus. He completed both his Masters and Doctoral degrees at The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, under the tutelage of Brian Lewis. Other significant teachers at Texas include David Kim and Anne Epperson. Bryan Hall has won numerous awards including Starling Scholarship at UT and CCM, Baur Scholarship Competition, and the Young Texas Rising Stars Competition.
Dr. Hall is a very passionate teacher who began teaching privately while still in high school. In Cincinnati, he taught violin and school orchestra for numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in the area where he started over 200 new violin students. He also taught chamber music and solo repertoire in the Cincinnati Conservatory Accent 2007 summer program. Bryan has a passion for teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Bryan Hall held the position of Violin Teaching Assistant for the totality of his graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his collegiate teaching duties, he also taught in the UT Austin String Project at the pre-college level. Dr. Hall has been on faculty at numerous summer festivals including Seattle Japan Suzuki Institute, UT Austin Longhorn Band Camp, Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, American Voices YES Academy (Youth Excellence on Stage) held in Beirut, Lebanon at The American University of Beirut, University of San Jose, Costa Rica Masterclass Series, and the Seattle Young Artist Coleman/ James studio. Bryan also enjoys playing different styles of music in his Persian Classical/ Independent Rock Band called Tehranosaurus that actively tours around the United States and abroad.
Recently Dr. Hall has joined the faculty at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the violin/ viola professor and pedagogy coordinator. He will also serve as Concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.