String Day

First Annual String Day - September 22, 2018

Join us at Southeast Missouri State University's beautiful River Campus for an exciting day of violin, viola, cello, and string bass masterclasses, technique workshops, mini-recitals, audition tips, and string ensemble music! Open to all string students, high school age through college.

Space is limited! Register early to ensure a place!


9 a.m.: Registration
10 a.m.: Warm Up: violin, viola, cello, and string bass
11 a.m.: Masterclasses
Noon: Lunch
1 p.m.: How to Prepare for Auditions!
1:30 p.m.: Masterclasses
2:30 p.m.: String Orchestra Rehearsal
4 p.m.: Final Concert: Guest Artists plus String Day Orchestra
5 p.m.: End of Activities

Cost (includes lunch):
Early Bird Registration: $15.00 (Registration received by September 7, 2018)
Registration after September 7: $20.00
Registration Deadline: September 17, 2018
Registration costs include all activities for the day and lunch.

More Information:
Dr. Sara Edgerton

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String Day 2018 Clinicians

Resident Artists

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Dr. Sophia Han

Applied Violin and Viola and Concertmaster of the Southeast Missouri Symphony

Described by the Classical Voices of North Carolina as "a polished [and] fully professional performer," violinist Sophia Han is the Concertmaster and Assistant Professor of Upper Strings at Southeast Missouri State University. A versatile musician, Han is equally comfortable in classical and popular music settings having performed as guest soloist with orchestras across the US as well as appearing on tour with artists such as Michael Bublé, and STARSET. Currently serving as the Assistant Concertmaster of Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Han has also appeared as the Assistant Concertmaster of Tallahassee Symphony, Concertmaster of the 2016 Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, and is in demand as an adjudicator. With degrees from Florida State University (DM), University of Michigan (MM), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BM), Han's principal teachers include Corinne Stillwell, Aaron Berofsky, and the late Richard Luby, and has participated in masterclasses with Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, and Patinka Kopec, among others.

Dr. Sara Edgerton

Dr. Sara Edgerton is Professor of Cello and String Bass at Southeast Missouri State University, and is the Artistic Director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in residence at Southeast Missouri State University. As a cellist, Dr. Edgerton performs throughout the United States and has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subotnick in performances of their works, and has premiered a number of works for the cello. She has performed with such notable period instrument ensembles as the Kingsbury Ensemble, St. Louis, and the Early Music St. Louis Ensemble, and is currently performing as a cellist with the Paducah, KY Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Edgerton has appeared at numerous festivals, including the International Music Festival (London and Oxford, England), the Aston Magna Festival in Massachusetts, the International Baroque Festival (Jackson, Mississippi), the St. Louis Baroque Festival, and the Southern Illinois Festival ("SIFest"). She has also performed in Shanghai and Hunan, China, as a member of the Christensen, Judd, and Edgerton Trio. In the summer of 2017, Dr. Edgerton participated in the International Festival Suoni d'Abruzzo, Italy, as a faculty member of the festival, where she performed as a cellist; she also conducted the festival orchestra in an all-Mozart concert as part of the festival activities.

As the Artistic Director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Edgerton conducts the orchestra in its highly successful Symphony Series at the River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University. She has conducted the symphony in regional, national, and international tours. She has also conducted the orchestra in a number of world premiere works, including most recently the Timeless Banks and Shoals (Dick Goodwin, 2017) and Dangerously Slick (Robert Fruehwald, 2016). She has conducted the combined Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois Symphonies in several festive concerts, including performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the River Campus and at SIU-Carbondale.

Dr. Edgerton received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Ronald Leonard and Alan Harris, and the Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. She also has studied extensively in England with artist teacher William Pleeth. Several recent awards that Dr. Edgerton has received include the Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast Missouri State University (2005), the Artist Teacher Award from the Missouri Chapter of ASTA (2006), the Southeast Faculty Alumni Award (2009), and the Award for Distinguished Service from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast (2010). She was also nominated as a ZONTA "Woman of Achievement" in 2011.

Guest Artists

Jia-Rong Gan

Jia-Rong Gan, violinist, is currently serving as the assistant concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic. She holds degrees from Western Illinois and Florida State University, and was the First Violinist of the Graduate Eppes String Quartet at Florida State University. She lives in Bloomington, IN with her husband and duo partner, pianist Timothy Stephenson.

Mihai Razvan Berindean

Violist Mihai Razvan Berindean from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, began his studies of music at the early age of six. After graduating the "Sigismund Toduta" Music High School, Razvan received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from Bowling Green State University (OH), studying with Matthew Daline, Megan Yanik Fergusson, and Csaba Erdelyi. While at Bowling Green State University, Razvan was the recipient of the Bernice Coulon Special Achievement Award, the Music Talent Award, and held the viola position for the Bowling Green State University Graduate String Quartet. He recently received his Doctorate in Music Performance from Florida State University as a student of Dr. Pamela Ryan. While working on his doctorate, Razvan received the Harsanyi Scholarhip and was also part of the Eppes Quartet – the graduate string quartet at Florida State University.

Razvan has participated in many master classes for pedagogues such as Paul Neubauer, the Penderki String Quartet, Caroline Coade, Peter Slowik, Ralph Fielding, Misha Galaganov, Michael Larco, Daniel Strba, and Randolph Kelly. An avid performer, Razvan has had the opportunity to perform in venues around the world, including extensive tours in China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Greece, England, and Romania.

Berindean is a dedicated orchestral player and currently serves as principal viola with the Mobile Symphony, and also performs with Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, and Louisiana Symphony. Previously he has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Ballet Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Great Lakes Symphony, and Lima Symphony. Dr. Berindean also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Austin Peay State University.

Meghan Berindean

Meghan Berindean, cellist, is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Low Strings at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. An enthusiastic performer of chamber music, Berindean spent two years as a member of the Eppes Quartet, the graduate string quartet at Florida State University. Previously, Berindean was a founding member of the Judson String Quartet, a Cleveland-based group that was the recipient of the Francis E. Sykora Outreach Grant through the Cleveland Institute of Music. Additionally, she was a first prize-winner of the MENC Pennsylvania State Chamber Group Competition as a member of the Valens Piano Quartet. Berindean also spent a summer as a member of the string quartet in residence at the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy, where she also served as a faculty member. More recently, she enjoys spending her summers at Sewanee Summer Music Festival, where she coordinates the string chamber music.

As an orchestral player, Berindean is currently co-principal cello of the Clarksville-based Gateway Chamber Orchestra. She has served as principal cello of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northern Tier Symphony, and Altoona Symphony, as well as assistant principal of Williamsport Symphony and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. She performs frequently with Charleston Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony. As the winner of the 2016 Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition. Berindean was a featured soloist in the University Symphony Orchestra's 2017 season. She has performed in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Colin Carr, Andrés Diaz, Lynn Harrell, and David Finckel. Berindean recently completed her doctoral degree in cello performance at Florida State University as a student of Gregory Sauer, writing her dissertation on the cello music of Bohuslav Martinu. She received her Master of Music degree of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Sharon Robinson. She achieved her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the Pennsylvania State University, as a student of Kim Cook, where she was the recipient of the Eleanor Beene Scholarship Prize.

Jia-Rong Gan, Sophia Han, Razvan Berindean, and Megnah Berindean were recent colleagues as members of the 2014—2016 Graduate Eppes String Quartet at Florida State University, and are pleased to be collaborating once again for the First Annual Southeast Missouri State University String Day!


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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701