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Mike Block String Camp

Vero Beach, FL
July 6 - July 11, 2020

Emphasizing learning by ear, creativity, collaboration and performance Mike Block String Camp (MBSC), in Vero Beach, FL, offers education for string players of all ages and backgrounds in non-Classical traditions and contemporary musical styles.  Public concerts by faculty and students comprise The Vero Beach International Music Festival.

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New england conservatory in boston, ma
june 8-14, 2020

The Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is Silkroad’s flagship musician training program. Created and led by Silkroad Ensemble cellist Mike Block, GMW is designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians, helping artists to learn from one another’s traditions and incorporate them into their own voices.  An all-star artist-faculty, includes members of the Silkroad Ensemble and their colleagues.  Participants can expect to experience styles of music from across the world, representing a wide range of backgrounds and musical traditions from Afro-Latin to Arabic, Celtic, Malian, and more. GMW is held at DePauw University’s Music School, home of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.

The week-long session includes workshops, community building exercises, band rehearsals, faculty and participant concerts for the local community, and evening conversations about what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Participants can also apply for an intensive performance experience, which offers deep-dives into select musical cultures and styles. GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University and conservatory students, as well as professional performers and teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles are encouraged to apply, and we welcome applications in all languages. Please note that all activities will be held in English.