NWSA music events attract audiences from around the globe

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Presenting the 7th annual ViolaFest Miami and 2nd Cello Lab at New World School of the Arts, the school’s Music Division, located in downtown Miami, reaches existing and new audiences from around the globe, interested in these stringed instruments. The NWSA faculty hosts, Richard Fleischman (viola) and Dr. Bryan Hayslett (cello) will both lead the events.

“The Music Division at New World School of the Arts remains committed to artistic excellence and education. These two stringed events demonstrate our stellar faculty’s commitment to our students and our community,” said Dr. Daniel Andai, Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts. “I’m pleased that our reach is expanding to a global level with these types of events, already accepting applications from nearly 10 countries between the two events. This response to our programming is a testament to the hard work of the faculty and support from our institutional partners.”

VIOLAFEST MIAMI is a free online event on Saturday, February 13; 9:45 AM – 6 PM. Must register to participate.
VIOLAFEST MIAMI is a free all-day Virtual event will be devoted to master classes with outstanding violists from around the world. Fleischman welcomes guest artists Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Professor, Royal Conservatory of The Hague), Born Lau (Distinguished Professor of Viola, China Conservatory of Music) and Dawn Johnson (The String Queens) for an inspirational day of solo performances and master classes. For Participation in classes, preference will be given to high school seniors and juniors, but all are welcome to audit the events. More details at ViolaFest Miami Facebook Page.
For more information or to participate please contact Richard Fleishman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CELLO LAB is a free online event on Wednesday, February 27-28; 9 AM – 7 PM. Must register to participate at https://www.bryanhayslett.com/labapplication

CELLO LAB is an online weekend of workshops, masterclasses and presentations held virtually with a limited in-person cello ensemble. For virtual attendees, events will conclude by 4pm both days, and masterclass participation will be prioritized for high school juniors and seniors. For a limited number of participants, Cello Lab will hold an in-person cello ensemble in downtown Miami and record a concert Sunday evening to be shared the following week. Stringent Covid-19 safety measures will be followed. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn from renowned cellists through masterclasses and a panel discussion, discussing technique and practice strategies in various presentations. Guest artists to be announced soon.
For more information or to participate please contact Bryan Hayslett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Having performed in twenty countries around the world, Richard Fleischman has received numerous honors, most notably the Windsor Prize, personally awarded to him by Leonard Bernstein; and the Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, the highest award bestowed by The Juilliard School. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, his extensive career over the last thirty years as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue has brought him much acclaim. Born in New York City, Mr. Fleischman was awarded a Naumberg Scholarship to the Juilliard School at the age of 16, receiving the Pre-College Diploma, and then the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in a total of four years. There he studied with William Lincer, eventually becoming his teaching assistant. Further studies were with Joseph De Pasquale and Felix Galimir at the Curtis Institute of Music. He studied conducting with Max Rudolf in Philadelphia and with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany and composition with Vincent Persichetti in New York. An active performer internationally, nationally and locally, he has performed as viola and viola d'amore soloist with many orchestras and given recitals all over the USA. He currently performs and records as violist of the Delray String Quartet and is the longtime solo violist of both the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra.

Dr. Hayslett continues to distinguish himself as a versatile solo, orchestral, and chamber music player. Dr. Hayslett made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition and returned the following year as a repeat top prize laureate. He has taught as adjunct artist faculty at NYU Steinhardt and served as the cellist of contemporary performance group Juxtatonal. Dr. Hayslett is a proponent of new music, having founded and participated in the Semiosis Quartet and several new music chamber groups in the New England area. Dr. Hayslett can be heard on an Innova recording, "A Special Light," featuring music of David Macbride. As a scholar, Dr. Hayslett's research focuses on temporality in the music of Lee Hyla, and his PhD dissertation develops an analytical framework based on linguistics to analyze structure in Hyla's music. He has received several research grants and has presented his research at conferences across the United States and in Austria, Norway, and Portugal. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, Hayslett holds degrees from NYU (Ph.D.), The Boston Conservatory (M.M., G.P.D.), and The Hartt School of Music (B.M.), and his principal teachers include Marion Feldman, Rhonda Rider, Terry King, and Yuri Anshelevich. Beyond music, Hayslett competes in triathlons and enjoys practicing yoga.

The academic music curriculum at New World School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world's people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation, chamber music, and general musicianship. Areas of concentration include piano, instrumental, composition and vocals.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Information about the NWSA Music program is available by calling 305-237-3622 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.