UNH Violin Viola Day


A day of interactive sessions covering a range of relevant topics, including practice and performance techniques, a college Q and A, master class and group performances.


Sunday, January 21, 2024
Bratton Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center
For ages: 13-18

registration will be posted here

Directed by Karl Orvik, UNH Resident Artist in Violin and Viola



12:00 - 12:10     Introductions

12:15 - 12:45     Group rehearsal #1

12:45 - 1:15      Discussion: “Practicing” - Strategies, Techniques, Solutions 

1:15 - 1:30       Tour of music building

1:30 - 2:00        Individual practicing

2:00 - 2:30       Sight-Practicing

2:30 - 2:45        Pizza break!

2:45 - 3:15       Technique Targets

3:15 - 4:00       Group rehearsal #2

4:00 - 5:15       Master Class 

5:15 - 5:40        Discussion: College!

5:45 - 6:00       Group performance and/or group sightreading


Mark Latham

Born in Tanzania and educated in the United Kingdom and the US, Mark Latham has been active as a violinist, violist, composer, conductor, and chamber musician in the UK, Canada and the US. 

Mark was privileged to have studied with some of the great musicians and pedagogues of the past century: including Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman; the Juilliard and Emerson String Quartets, Eugene Lehner and Lorand Fenyves, and the conductors Kenneth Kiesler, Helmut Rilling, and Marin Alsop. His principal violin instructor was Masao Kawasaki.

As a violinist, Mark was a member of the Atlantic String Quartet for 6 years in St. John's, Canada, with whom he made many broadcasts with CBC Radio. He is a member ‘in absentia’ of the Canadian contemporary improv ensemble, The Black Auks. Currently he is the music director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and the University Orchestra at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he is adjunct professor of conducting, chamber music, violin and viola. He also teaches and is chair of the String Dept. at the Manchester Community Music School, in Manchester, NH. He is a founding member of the Aryaloka String Quartet.