Silent Electric Strings
All NYSMF students have the opportunity to use
the SV Strings,
whether they were just beginners trying out something new,
or experienced string players looking for a new challenge.
In our first year, the
results were phenomenal, leading to Yamaha's ongoing grant
to NYSMF. Several of Yamaha's top executives actually travelled
all the way to Oneonta (one all the way from Hamamatsu, Japan!)
to watch the NYSMF SV String Ensemble perform live.
summer, students will once again be given the chance to play
the most technologically advanced stringed instruments
ever built. Here are some of the ways they may make use of
Violin Teaching Assistant, Mr. Sean Neukom, took the opportunity
to compose TWO original pieces for this set of five unusual
instruments. Both were premiered at NYSMF, prompting interest
from Yamaha in publishing and promoting these dedicated compositions.
Neukom's first piece was performed by a group of extremely
talented counselors; the second by an equally talented group
of NYSMF students (average age: 15!). Not one of these musicians
had ever played an SV string before, expanding their range
and repertoire in ways they had never even considered.
[VIDEO on YouTube]
question, the SV bass received the most attention, appearing
in several NYSMF Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos. However, the
violin and viola also both made their jazz premieres in the hands
of students as young as 14 years of age!
Strings in the Practice Rooms
students simply signed out the strings for an hour or two, and
brought them into a practice room or an ensemble rehearsal just to
try them out.
Strings as Plot Devices
Original Musical Theatre Workshop used all five of the strings
as key props in an original musical, written and performed by
the members of the workshop. The title? "The Strings of Power",
a foray into the fun and the ridiculous.
addition, the Silent Violin appeared in one or two original short
films produced by our Filmmaking Class, proving that the days
of Stradivari and Guarneri wooden instruments in starring roles
are coming to an end!
Every year since our premiere 2006 season, the Yamaha Corporation of America
has generously granted NYSMF the use of a set of the Yamaha Silent Electric
Strings, thanks to Ken Dattmore (Manager, Orchestral Strings; Band & Orchestra Division, Yamaha Corp of America).
What would YOU, as a NYSMF student, do with the Yamaha SV Silent Electric Strings?
Whatever you want to do. The SV strings are at NYSMF for YOU to learn about
the new possibilities of instrumental music, to explore their features and
limits. Or just for the plain "coolness" factor.
Whatever you decide, you can be sure that the NYSMF faculty will be with you
to assist, and to bring your own vision of the SV Strings to life.
We look forward to working with the Yamaha Corporation for many, many summers
Program made possible by the Yamaha Corporation of America; Ken Dattmore, Roger
Eaton, Chris Manners, Naoyuki Nakabayashi