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Karen Tuttle Legacy

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Hello violists!

This will be the only Tuttle Workshop in 2024. It is for both playing participants and auditors to learn about Karen Tuttle's Coordination System.

Deadline to apply is April 15th


Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and once we are full, we will take a waiting list (we have a playing participant cap, unlimited auditors).

More info and workshop description can be found on the
registration link here.

Please email or message Sheila Browne, Director, with any questions you may have.

You Tube video excerpts from the recent Oberlin Viola Fest Karen Tuttle panel discussion lead by Sheila Browne with her former teacher Kim Kashkashian and Susan DuBois, Jeffrey Irvine" Click here to see the discussion.

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The Karen Tuttle Legacy - A Resource and Guide for Viola Students, Teachers, and Performers

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Karen Tuttle Heritage - Kim Kashkashian

Fifty years after Karen Tuttle formulated her theory and practice of coordination (the overriding concept that unified her approach to stance, physical balance, resonance of body and instrument, musical and emotional impulses) Karen Tuttle’s revolutionary proposition that musical health is defined equally through body mechanics and spirit and that both elements are reflected in sonority, remains a potent message to all musicians.

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Karen Tuttle: The Violists’ Champion - February 5th 2020 - The Strad

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A method for viola-playing, according to Karen Tuttle

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“Staying Open” = Projection = Musical Excitement - Philip J. Kass - February 1st, 1985

American String Teachers Association 

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Viola Forum

An Interview with Karen Tuttle - Karen Ritscher

This interview took place on July 26, 1993, at Karen Tuttle's home in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. As a former student of Tuttle's, I have always been extremely grateful for her artistry, warmth, and guidance. She is a most loved teacher, honest and generous with her wisdom and kindness. It was a joy to have the opportunity to hear about her ideas and career. K.R.

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Viola pedagogue Karen Tuttle dies at 90 - December 19th, 2020 - The Strad

American violist and teacher Karen Tuttle has died at the age of 90. She famously developed the 'coordination' technique, which balances both the physical and the emotional approach to the instrument.

Born in 1920, she was a successful young violinist before switching to viola in order to study with William Primrose. She became Primrose's assistant at the Curtis Institute, where she taught until 1955. That year, Casals invited her to play chamber music with him at his festival in Prades, Spain.

Tuttle made her debut in New York in 1960, and while living there, played chamber music as a member of the Schneider, Galimir and Gotham quartets. As well as teaching at the Juilliard School and at masterclasses in North America and Europe, she returned to teach at the Curtis Institute from 1986 until her retirement in 2004.

Tuttle's pupils and assistants, including Jeffrey Irvine, Susan Dubois and Kim Kashkashian, continue to teach her techniques at the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, which is held annually in the US.

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