Island Symphony Orchestra launching virtual master class series


Here’s a chance for experienced musicians to attend master classes amid the COVID-19 crisis from the comfort of their own homes.

And, it’s all free.

It was announced this week that the Island Symphony Orchestra will be kicking off a virtual master class series for amateur musicians starting next month.

The first installment is all set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The series, called “Artists for Artists,” will provide an opportunity for amateur musicians to engage with professionals, both as audience members and as lifelong learners, the announcement reads.

Musicians and music lovers are invited Aug. 11 to join Island Symphony Orchestra conductor Eric Stewart and featured guest artist violinist Rachell Ellen Wong, winner of the first annual Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The program will include a performance by Wong, followed by a live question-and-answer component. Anyone can tune in for the half hour of music and valuable tips on technique and interpretation.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to dig deep into some great repertoire with these incredible artists,” Stewart said. “Our ‘Artists for Artists’ virtual master class series will be a treat for all serious amateur musicians and music lovers.”

Additional guest artists will be presented throughout the summer and fall.

For updates follow the Island Symphony Orchestra on Facebook or by visiting You can watch the master classes live through the orchestra’s Facebook page. Click here or search Facebook for Island Symphony Orchestra.

Click here to learn more about Rachel Ellen Wong and her work.