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ASU hosts 36th international Viola Congress

May 15, 2008

The ASU Herberger College School of Music welcomes viola performers, students, educators, and music enthusiasts for the 36th International Viola Congress, June 4 – 8, 2008.

Participants of the 36th International Viola Congress represent more than a dozen countries and five continents. The International Viola Congress is held annually in a different location around the world. The last time it was hosted in the United States was during 2004.

“The International Viola Congress is the preeminent event of its kind,” says Nancy Buck, associate professor of viola in the ASU Herberger College School of Music, and Congress host chair. “It is a great privilege for the ASU Herberger College School of Music and our community to host this Congress, which presents exceptional concerts and recitals, and also offers important educational opportunities to students and professional musicians alike.”

The Congress features numerous performances, master classes, and lectures by leading viola performers and string pedagogues. More than 40 featured artists are scheduled to appear, including Heidi Castleman, Donald McInnes, Roland Vamos, and Kim Kashkashian, who is presenting a solo recital opening night of the Congress, June 4. On June 6, another signature evening event features internationally-renown artists Paul Coletti, Hsin-Yun Huang, Paul Neubauer, and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, each performing a viola concerto or solo work with orchestra.

ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, Ariz.

June 6, 8 p.m., public concerto concert. Access for other Congress events is reserved for official registrants.

Tickets are $8 – $18. Call the ASU Gammage box office for information, 480.965.3434.

Public Contact
Nancy Buck, associate professor of viola performance in the ASU Herberger College School of Music, and Viola Congress host chair. 480.965.4583,

For details about Congress activities, including a complete schedule of events and registration information, visit:

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

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