HISTORY of Strings Without Boundaries


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Our History from 2004 – 2012

Roy Sonne

In 2003, Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Roy Sonne created the idea for the Pittsburgh Fiddle and Jazz Camp, and Dr. Stephen Benham gave this idea a home at Duquesne University. Benham served as administrative director for SWB’s first nine years.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman created its new name, Strings Without Boundaries, and helped structure the summer program from its inception. She became the Artistic Director and added the world’s first Eclectic Styles Teacher Training in 2006.


Dr. Steve Benham

Over the course of SWB’s first nine years, our faculty has included: Matt Turner; Richard Greene; Julie Lyonn Lieberman; Martin Norgaard; Bob Phillips; Christian Howes (sponsored by Yamaha); Kelli Trottier; Lyris Hung (D’Addario Bowed Product Manager); Brian Wicklund; Vicki Richards; Bridgid Bibbens; Mary Ann Willis; Scott Laird (sponsored by NS Design); Blaise Kielar (owner, Electric Violin Shop); Jan Farrar Royce; Robert Gardner; Steven Vance; cellist Liz Davis Maxfield; fiddler Katie Davis Henderson, and many other top-notch educators and performers.


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