Chamber Music Residency Program

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The Dalhousie Chamber Music Residency Program welcomes internationally renowned musicians for short residencies.  This program inspires through chamber music coaching’s, masterclasses, open rehearsals, and career advice. The program coordinator is Leonardo Perez.   

Fall 2020 Virtual Chamber Music Residency

October 30, 4:30-7:30 pm
CHRISTINE RUTLEDGE, viola, Strings Masterclass
Bach and Historically Informed Performance Practice


Christine Rutledge is a violist of varied talents and interests. She began her life-long love of viola in the 3rd grade in the Detroit Public Schools and had the great fortune of studying with several of the world’s greatest teachers, including Karen Tuttle, Michael Tree, William Preucil Sr., and David Holland. Her teaching career began at the University of Notre Dame, where she was also a member of the critically acclaimed Notre Dame String Trio. Since 1998, she has taught at the University of Iowa, where she is Professor of Viola. A decade ago Rutledge became fascinated with baroque style and scholarship. This led to studies of baroque viola with Stanley Ritchie, Robin Stowell, and Jane Starkman. Rutledge has performed on baroque viola and lectured about baroque performance style and technique throughout the US and abroad, including Europe, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. She recently completed a new performance edition for viola of Bach’s Six Suites for solo cello. She first published an edition of the suites in 2007, but has since been conducting research involving manuscript comparison of the handwriting of J. S. Bach and Anna Magdalena Bach, which forms the basis of her new edition. Rutledge founded Linnet Press Editions for Viola in 2007, which is devoted to scholarly-based performance editions and transcriptions of baroque works for viola.


November 20, 4:30-7:30 pm
AMIT PELED, Cello Masterclass and Q&A



Leonardo Perez
Praised for his “assured and lovely” playing, Leonardo Perez is an active orchestral, chamber and solo performer. Perez has performed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic, and has appeared as soloist with symphony orchestras throughout North Carolina, including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Previously the violinist for the Center for New Music Ensemble, he has worked with notable composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Gompper, Dan Welcher and Nomi Epstein. An active and dedicated teacher, he taught violin and viola at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was the orchestra director of the IUP Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited to work with students at the Preucil School of Music and the East Carolina University Summer Chamber Music Institute, and coached undergraduate chamber ensembles at the University of Iowa as an assistant chamber music coach. As an advocate for outreach initiatives, Perez has worked with students in interactive concerts throughout Iowa, California and North Carolina.