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December, 16, 2016
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W186


Juliet White-Smith

Juliet White-Smith

Viola Fingerboard Domination: Creating a Facile and Confident Left Hand

Clinic Synopsis:

We normally think of left-hand facility as quickly covering a lot of fingerboard real estate. Dexterity, however, comes from confidence in the proper mechanics. This session will present strategies that can be utilized at a variety of instructional levels to empower your viola section to “keep up with the Joneses”—the first violins. This hands-on experience will include a resource list for further exploration.

Juliet White-Smith - Biographical Information

Violist Juliet White-Smith is a dynamic performer, engaging teacher and innovative pedagogue. She has performed on the international stage in Europe, Africa, the US, and Asia. Her concepts on creativity, effective practice, and pedagogy have been featured in articles in both The Strad and Strings. A passionate advocate for the viola, she served as President of the American Viola Society from 2008-11. As a performer, White-Smith is a seasoned chamber musician and orchestral player. She has presented recitals throughout the country and was recently featured as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic. She records on the Centaur Records label. White-Smith is a regular conference presenter and has published articles in American String Teacher and Journal of the American Viola Society. In demand as a clinician, she has presented master classes at conservatories and music schools throughout the US and abroad, and she has served as juror for several competitions including Music Teachers National Association and the William Primrose International Viola Competition. She was the featured Pre-College Viola Clinician at the 2012 Annual Conference of the American String Teachers Association in Atlanta, GA. She is the founder of The OSU-Vietnam Cultural Outreach Project funded by a grant from the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University where she has served as Professor of Viola and Chamber Music since 2012. White-Smith earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to her appointment at The Ohio State University, she served as Head of Strings at the University of Northern Colorado where she taught viola and chamber music for twenty-one years. She began her college teaching career as a Visiting Professor at Western Michigan University following the completion of her master's degree at the University of Houston. For further information, please visit