FUNtastic Group Clases!

(Sorry, applications are closed!)

WHAT: A one-hour group class and a “Play-In” (Informal Concert) for a Mid-Winter musical Rejuvenation!

WHEN: Please check the complete schedule below. It is updated with all enrolled students.

WHO: Terry Durbin, and Laura Usiskin, check the bios below!


Master Classes: (Limited Private Lessons at extra charge): All Cellos will have additional opportunities for a Master Class in which you have a private or semi-private lesson Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. A limited number of violinists in STRAD class will have this option Sunday 8:00-10:00 am before Terry leaves, and also Friday night 6:00-7:00. 

Parent Education and Enrichment: We will provide a PARENT MOTIVATION discussion with Terry Durbin and Laura Usiskin on Friday from 5:00-6:00 PM in Room 201

Parent Social: A time away from your kids to eat and visit with other friends/parents. The International Potluck dinner went so well last year that we have had requests to do it again. Through a special arrangement with Rhino Coffee (Laura Crawford’s son’s coffee shop), he will reserve the large room at Rhino Southfield location 7-9:00.

REPERTOIRE: Review pieces for Play-In will be chosen from this list:


Book 1: All the Twinkles to Perpetual Motion, Minuet 2, Happy Farmer; Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeus, Hunters Chorus, Waltz, Bourreé, Two Grenadiers, and Lully Gavotte; Book 3: Gavotte in G Minor, Bach Minuet, Humoresque, Bach Gavotte in D major; Book 4: Seitz Concerto No. 5, 1st mvt. and Vivaldi A Minor, 1st mvt,; Book 5: Country Dance and Veracini Gigue; Book 6: Fiocco Allegro, Rameau Gavotte, and Handel Sonata No. 1 in F, 2nd mvt.; Book 7: Mozart Minuet; STRAD: “The Bee” and Veracini Largo


Book 1: All the Twinkles to Perpetual Motion, Minuet 1 and Minuet 3; Book 2: Chorus from Judas Maccabeus, Hunters Chorus, and Long, long Ago.; Viola Choir: Marcello Sonata 2nd Movement, and Nina


Book 1: All the Twinkles, French Folk song, Song of the Wind, Allegro, Long long ago; Book 2: Minuet 2, May Time, Minuet 1, Chorus from Judas Maccabeus; Book 3: Moon Over Ruined Castle (G minor), Berceuse, Lully Gavotte, Allegro Moderato; Cello Casals: Capriole Suite


VIOLINS with Terry Durbin in Anderson Auditorium

Friday, February 24th

3:00-4:00 Master Class: Abigail McDade, Miriam Cole and Charlotte Cole

Saturday, February 25th

8:15-9:10 – Early Book 1: Ayan Veluvolu, Baxley Berge, Benjamin Yi, Blake Anderson, Cecelia Walker, Diana Chen, Eleanor Jane Gauthier, Gabrielle Berge, Ginny Richard, Jacob Schneider, Jonathan Harris, June Furlong, Keerthan Jaganmohan, Luke Anderson, Ruby Ash, Tomas Miranda

9:15-10:10 – Late Book 1 to Book 2: Aeryn Brannon, Alexander Horne, Arden Williams, Bennett Bright, Corinne Currie, Elaine Lu, Genevieve Aranda, Hayes Posey, Nanette Kawanaka, Nicholas Newman, Noah Yang, Reilee Chamberlain

10:15-11:10 – Book 3 and 4: Ananya Bhatia, Isabella Hamilton, Jai Koticha, Jane Henley, Jeffrey Schneider, Kirsten Kay, Max Shen, Noel Strange, Patrick Zhao

11:15-12:10 – Book 4 and 5: Adriana Martin, Ava Lynnette Singh, Caroline Wilemon, Ella Aycock, Eric Yi, Ivy Joseph,  Jack Henley, Jessica Chu, John-Thomas McGann, Julianna Miller, Kevin Cheng, Maureen Shacklette, Thomas Currie

1:15 -2:10 – Book 6-8: Abigail Wilemon, Ashini Modi, Ashleyn Malik, Diego Martinez, Isabelle Veneracion, Landon Kay, Samuel Aycock, Sophie Wiener

2:15-3:10 – STRAD Class: Abigail McDade, Bryan Chen, Calvin Alexander Jr., Charlotte Cole, Elizabeth Brice, Miriam Ann Cole, Natalie Lim, Neelie Lim, Thuytien Chu

3:30-4:30 “PLAY-IN” (Informal Concert): Everybody!

Sunday, February 26th

8:00-9:00 Master Class: Elizabeth Brice, Thuytien Chu, Cal Alexander

9:00-10:00 Master Classes: Natalie Lim, Neelie Lim, Bryan Chen


VIOLAS with Terry Durbin in Anderson Auditorium

Friday, February 24th

4:00- 4:55 Viola Book 1-2: Amanda Owings, Andrew Rockett, Emma Hearn, Grace Nida, James Aranda, Josiah Green, Parker Camille Moore, 

6:00- 6:55 Viola Choir: Caleb Joseph, Greer Kennedy, Sumin Kwak, Suyoung Kwak, Kevin McGann

Saturday, February 25th

3:30-4:30 “PLAY-IN” (Informal Concert): Everybody!


CELLOS with Laura Usiskin in Feazel

Friday, February 24th

3:00-4:00 Master Class: Mary Linnea Walker and Isaac Strange

4:00-5:00 Master Class: Murray Henley, Anna Kathryn Wakefield and Harison Currie

6:00-7:00 Master Class: Samantha Chirhart, Arianna Malik, Luke Wilemon

Saturday, February 25th

8:15-9:15 Master Class:  Nacoma Birdsong and Aryan Malik

9:15-10:15 Master Class: Tessa Volcheck and Nathan Lim

10:15-11:10 Group Class for Casals Class: Nathan Lim, Tessa Volcheck

11:15-12:10 Group Class for Book 1: Anna Kathryn Wakefield, Murray Henley, Riya Koticha, Samantha Chirhart

1:15-2:10 Group Class for Book 2: Arianna Malik, Harrison Currie, Mary Linnea Walker

2:15-3:10 Group Class for Bk. 3-4: Aryan Malik, Isaac Strange, Luke Wilemon, Nacoma Birdsong

3:30-4:30 “PLAY-IN” (Informal Concert): Everybody!


Timothy Durbin

Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors throughout the world. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world. His dynamic teaching career includes over 800 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. He has been appointed principal conductor of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2016 season. He has directed the South Dakota and Montana All-State Orchestras. He is the holder of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award for 2013. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. He is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 140 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren.

He believes in the magic of music’s power to enrich our lives.


Laura Usiskin

Heralded for her “thoughtful, attentive” playing (Alabama Entertainment), cellist Laura Usiskin enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has taken her to concert halls throughout the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Siena, Italy), Symphony Hall (Boston), and New York venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Barge Music, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, and more.
She has received such awards as the Prix d’Instrument from the Écoles d’art Americaines (France), the Aldo Parisot Prize at Yale University, and was a finalist for the Pro Musicis International Award. She completed the nationally acclaimed Artist In Residency with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra as well as a fellowship with the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Usiskin has won orchestral appointments with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and currently, serves as Principal Cello of the Orchestra Iowa.
Recent performances include concerts of the complete J.S. Bach solo suites in Los Angeles and Connecticut, concertos of Dvoràk and Takemitsu with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and a chamber concert with Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Usiskin has a penchant for new music and has performed with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Axiom Ensemble, and as a member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. She has premiered dozens of new works as well as commissioned works in her name. 
In 2011, Usiskin founded the Montgomery Music Project, an El Sistema strings program for school students in Montgomery, Alabama. Under her direction, the program gave intensive string instruction to over 150 underserved children across three counties. She served as the Executive Director of the program from its inception through 2013. For more information, visit
Dr. Usiskin’s cello studies began at age five with Gilda Barston of the Music Institute of Chicago and continued with Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Columbia University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior, The Juilliard School with a Master of Music, and Yale University with a Doctor of Musical Arts. She currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is on the faculty at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, STEP Birmingham, and is a founding member of the New York-based piano trio Arté Trio ( 

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