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2 join Pre-College Strings Program

Two new artist faculty have been added to the WKU Pre-College Strings Program.

Adrienne Watkinson

Adrienne Watkinson recently completed her Master of Music in Violin Performance at DePaul University and served as Principal Second Violin of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2007, she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was in the Canton Symphony Orchestra, serving for a year as acting concertmaster. Watkinson has participated in several festivals and youth events, most recently YOURS Project Chicago and the Mexican Youth in Music Festival.

Watkinson started playing the violin when she was 8 and attended high school at the Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts in Massachusetts. While there, she played in the New England Conservatory of Musical Orchestra program. Crowned Miss Maine in 2008, Watkinson’s platform was on the benefits of music therapy, and she traveled the state sharing music and her story in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Watkinson is Suzuki trained through Every Child Can! and Book 1, courses offered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has also taught privately for numerous years.

Andrew Braddock

Andrew Braddock is a native of Lakeland, Fla., and began his viola studies at the age of 12. He has studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University (IU) and taught in the IU String Academy. He is completing a performer’s diploma at IU under the tutelage of Atar Arad. Braddock holds a master’s degree in viola performance from IU and a bachelor of music degree from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Jean Keller Heard Prize for Excellence in string performance.

Braddock is actively involved in solo, chamber and orchestral performances and teaches violin and viola. He has recently performed in Graz, Austria, at the AIMS Festival and in Aspen, Colo., during the Aspen Music Festival. He is a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras and has served as Assistant Principal Violist in the IU Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and Principal Violist in the Vanderbilt Symphony.

For information on the WKU Strings Program, contact Ching-Yi Lin at ching-yi.lin@wku.edu. For information on WKU Continuing Education, contact Sharon Woodward at 270-745-1910 or Sharon.woodward@wku.edu

Continuing Education is a unit of WKU Extended Learning & Outreach.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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