Events Calendar


Violin Masterclass

Saturday, March 18, 2017
2 pm
Westminster Choir College


Violin students are guided by violinist Philippe Graffin as they perform in this public coaching session at Westminster’s Hamilton House.

This class is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for tickets you may do so HERE. If tickets become available, we will contact those on the waiting list on a first come, first serve basis. 



The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its masterclass partnership with Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University, with a PSO BRAVO! masterclass featuring violin virtuoso Philippe Graffin.

The masterclass is open to the general public, and will be held at Hamilton House on the campus of Westminster Choir College. Attendees will observe four clarinet students from area schools as they are coached on polishing repertoire for performance. The students are Demi Fang (Princeton University), Jojo Prentice (Princeton High School), Kristy Chen (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North), and Dallas Noble (Homeschooled).


Demi Fang_photo Demi Fang, Senior at Princeton University

Performing: Poème, Op. 25, by Ernest Chausson

Demi Fang serves as co-concertmaster of Princeton University Orchestra and studies violin with Anna Lim. She studies structural engineering and minors in musical performance. Her accomplishments include international performances (BBC Proms, Kennedy Center, Beijing, Liszt Academy, Mozarteum) as well as participation/awards at YoungArts, NYO-USA, Fischoff, and NPR’s From the Top.


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Jojo Prentice, Grade 11 at Princeton High School

Performing: Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61, by Camille Saint-Saëns

Jojo prentice has been playing the violin since he was five years old and piano since he was eight. He has been participating in the Honors Music Program at Westminster Conservatory for five years. The past two summers, he has gone to Interlochen to play in their orchestral program for six weeks. Jojo studies violin with Peg Banks.



Kristy Chen, Grade 9 at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North

Performing: Carmen Fantasy, by Pablo Sarasate

Kristy Chen, 14, currently studies violin with Hirono Oka, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been a recipient of numerous violin competition prizes and scholarships, and participates in many music programs including Temple Music Prep, YOCJ, CJMEA and Settlement Music School Advanced Study Scholarship Program.


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Dallas Noble, Grade 11, homeschooled

Performing: Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47,
by Jean Sibelius

Dallas Noble, 16, is concertmaster of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. She also performs in a sonata duo at Westminster Conservatory and a piano trio at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. A frequent performer in the Princeton area, Dallas will be a featured soloist with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra in April.


We encourage all masterclass attendees to purchase tickets for PSO’s Restless Romantics performance, Sunday March 19, 4pm in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. Philippe Graffin will join guest conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee and the PSO to perform Elgar’s Violin Concerto, and Lyndon-Gee will lead the orchestra in Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable.”


Presented in partnership with Westminster Conservatory of Music

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