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We are happy to announce a very exciting opportunity for your music students! The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association and EPIC have arranged a master class on November 30th, 7 PM at the CSYSA venue, 3113 Primrose Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Sophie Shao, the amazing cellist performing on EPIC’s December 1st concert will work with 3 of the top cellists in the CSYSA. 

If that isn’t exciting enough, EPIC is giving 20 free tickets to 20 individuals (one per family please) at the master class for EPIC’s December 1st concert at the ENT center, 7:00 PM. The program will feature Sophie playing the beautiful Franck cello sonata as well as Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano. Other works for trio include Sergei Vassiliev, clarinet. 

Please email your students at UCCS, CC, Youth Symphony, and private students to tell them they could receive a free ticket if they attend the master class. We want the master class to be packed with musicians, students, teachers, and music lovers!

Feel free to copy and paste the following to your email:

EPIC and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association announce a master class with guest cellist Sophie Shao, November 30th, 7 PM.  EPIC is giving away 20 vouchers good for a free ticket to EPIC’s December 1st concert at the ENT Center at 7 PM. As always, student tickets for an EPIC concert are only $5 which means you and an adult with the voucher could attend an amazing EPIC concert for only $5!!

A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Shao began playing the cello at age six, and was a student of Shirley Trepel, former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony.  At age thirteen she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying cello with David Soyer. After graduating from the Curtis Institute, she continued her cello studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.  She is on the faculty of Vassar College and plays on a cello made by Honore Derazey from 1855 once owned by Pablo Casals.

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