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Classical Movements Announces First-of-Its-Kind Virtual Masterclasses With International Top Musicians

September 17, 2020 | By Adam Jackson
Artistic Planning & Executive Assistant to the President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2020

Alexandria, VA

Classical Movements Announces First-of-Its-Kind:

Ossia! Orchestral Academy

Exclusive Virtual Master Classes

Starting October 5, 2020 | Faculty from World’s Great Orchestras

Vienna • Berlin • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh • National Symphony

Cincinnati • Minnesota • Utah • St. Louis

An opportunity previously unimaginable, Classical Movements introduces a unique opportunity to study virtually with celebrated orchestral musicians from around the world through the Ossia! Orchestral Academy.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Classical Movements has met the unique and unpredictable challenges now facing the travel and music industries with creative and innovative solutions that draw on our three-decade history as an industry leading concert tour company and reimagine our way of bringing together great musicians and traditions around the world. From the first live classical concerts in the United States since the pandemic to thoughtfully and flexibly curated travel initiatives for when travel returns, Classical Movements has remained at the forefront of adapting to current conditions.

As the latest of our initiatives, Classical Movements is proud to announce this new series of exclusive virtual masterclasses led by some of the finest orchestral musicians from around the world. Ossia! offers gifted students the opportunity to study with Classical Movements’ world-renowned clients and colleagues, including concertmasters, principals and other players from the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Minnesota and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Utah, St. Louis, and National Symphonies.

Innovative Online Format

This intimate and special series is limited to no more than five students per class. In each of three three-week-long terms, students receive six hours of instruction through live, virtual small-group classes with a world-class teaching artist.

Courses include a combination of direct instruction with the artist, lectures and discussions and a culminating virtual showcase at the end of the term. Timpani and percussion students have a special class format

Term 1: October 5-24
Term 2: October 26 – November 14
Term 3: November 16 – December 12 (American Thanksgiving week skipped)

Private, one-on-one lessons are also be available, based on individual inquiry and availability.

Acclaimed International Faculty


Andrés Cárdenes - Pittsburgh Symphony (Former Concertmaster)

David Kim - Philadelphia Orchestra (Concertmaster)

Erin Keefe - Minnesota Orchestra (Concertmaster)

Amy Oshiro-Morales - Philadelphia Orchestra

Susie Park - Minnesota Orchestra



Rebecca Albers - Minnesota Orchestra (Principal)

Mahoko Eguchi - National Symphony



Eugena Chang - National Symphony

Britton Riley - National Symphony

Tamás Varga - Vienna Philharmonic (Principal)


Double Bass

Kristen Bruya - Minnesota Orchestra (Principal)



Mercedes Smith - Utah Symphony (Principal)

Alice Weinreb - National Symphony



Dwight Parry - Cincinnati Symphony (Principal)

Jamie Roberts - National Symphony



Ricardo Morales - Philadelphia Orchestra (Principal)

Walter Seyfarth - Berlin Philharmonic (Former)



Sue Heineman - National Symphony (Principal)

Daniel Matsukawa - Philadelphia Orchestra (Principal)



Manny Laureano - Minnesota Orchestra (Principal)



Michael Gast - Minnesota Orchestra (Principal)

Robert Rearden - National Symphony



David Murray - National Symphony

Amanda Stewart - St. Louis Symphony (Principal)



Timothy Adams - Pittsburgh Symphony (Former)

Jauvon Gilliam - National Symphony (Principal)



Scott Christian - National Symphony



Elizabeth Hainen - Philadelphia Orchestra (Principal)


Additional faculty to be announced.

Schedules and additional details are available on our website:

Classical Movements’ History of Global Education

Since 1992, Classical Movements has been dedicated to spreading awareness of classical music and other vibrant musical traditions around the world. Through educational exchanges on concert tours, international music festivals on four continents and a young artists training program for opera and orchestra, Classical Movements has always been committed to supporting unique and life-changing music education.

Even as this era of physical distancing and virtual learning has introduced new challenges to traditional music education, Classical Movements remains at the forefront of innovative international projects and is turning this new educational landscape into an opportunity to bring world-class educational opportunities into classrooms, rehearsal rooms and homes all over the world.

Our Education division offers a suite of virtual education resources, from recorded and live choral workshops to online festivals to live web-based instrumental intensives, featuring international instructors and experts of the highest caliber.

About Classical Movements

The premier concert tour company for the world’s great orchestras and choirs, Classical Movements creates meaningful cultural experiences through music in 145 countries. An industry leader for over a quarter-century, Classical Movements organizes more than 60 tours every year, producing some 200 concerts every season. Producer of two international choral festivals—Ihlombe! in South Africa and Serenade! in Washington, D.C.—and the Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival, in addition, Classical Movements’ Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program has commissioned 97 works from Grammy, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. Winner of Americans for the Arts’ BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts Award, since its founding in 1992, as a truly global company, Classical Movements remains committed to facilitating cultural diplomacy across the world—promoting peace through the medium of music.

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Adam Jackson
Artistic Planning and Executive Assistant to the President
1 (703) 683-6040, ext. 201



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