Mark O’Connor Doesn’t Fiddle Around When it Comes to Education

Mark O'Connor(Photo: Jim McGuire)
Mark O'Connor(Photo: Jim McGuire)

When Mark O’Connor began demonstrating his innate talent on the violin, mandolin, and guitar at a very early age, you would expect to then hear about a nurturing music teacher that encouraged his playing and development.  There was only one catch…

“Even (after) winning a national fiddling championship at age 13 – the music teacher at his high school, devoted to choral and band, didn’t support his work in a jazz trio in which O’Connor played guitar. And the school itself, O’Connor recalls on his website, wouldn’t approve of a tour he was offered with a local community college.”

It left a very bad taste in his mouth and a desire to change the way music is taught in this country.

O’Connor went on to become a session musician in high demand.  He has since not only performed many different styles of music, but composed for chamber groups, soloists, and orchestras, including our own ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Teaching, however, is still a very important part of his life.  He has set aside more time to perform with students, offers a fiddle camp where students can immerse themselves in music, and has released the first three of what will be a seven-volume set of O’Connor Method Books for young players.

Read Famed Fiddler Pulls Strings for Education (CNN.com)

Watch more about the string camps below…

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Makes Music Lovers an Offer They Can’t Refuse

While Mark O’Connor is busy teaching youngsters how to play, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is giving people a place to hear some of the music world’s finest performers.

SPCO is offering 100 concerts in its 2012-13 season.  For $5 a month, members can get a ticket to each of those concerts.

It just might be worth the drive.

Read 100 Concerts for $5.00 a Month (TwinCities.com)

Comments
  • Brent Davis

    I saw Mark O’Connor at one of the Hilliard high schools about five years ago doing a wonderful program. He talked quite a bit about his interest in musical education at that event.