violinist/fiddler JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN, World Styles, Playing Healthy, Technology for Strings, and Creative Musicianship
cellist MATT TURNER, Rock Strings, Jazz, Creative Musicianship
fiddler JUDY HYMAN, Fiddler extraordinaire and Composer for Film
violinist RANDY SABIEN, blues, funk, swing, jazz, Western Swing

Dr. Mary Perkinson, DMA
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of String Area
University of Nebraska at Omaha
School of Music,  Strauss Performing Arts Center

Anne Nagosky
Omaha Symphony Violinist
Private Studio Director

D'Addario Bowed Strings

D’Addario Artist


JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN HAS helped develop the multi-style string field over the last thirty-five+ years through her work as an educator, author, radio producer, composer, recording artist, journalist, and performer.

Julie is the author of eight music books. Her newest book, How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola, and Cello (Hal Leonard) just hit the market. Her other titles include The Creative Band and Orchestra, The Contemporary Violinist, 12 Rock Strings Lesson Plans, Improvising Violin, Rockin’ Out With Blues Fiddle, You Are Your Instrument, Planet Musician, and Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum. She authored the “Creative Musicianship” section of the American String Teacher’s curriculum book, Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs

Her DVD titles include Alternative String Styles in the Classroom (written and produced for ASTA: American String Teachers Association and NAMM: National Association of Music Merchants); Rhythmizing the Bow; Techniques for the Contemporary String Player; The Violin in Motion; Violin and Viola Ergonomics; and Vocal Aerobics. She is also the author of StringsCentral, an app for iPad.

Julie Lyonn Lieberman was one of the first educators invited by Juilliard to teach improvisation to their students in the L&M Department. A dynamic, participatory workshop leader, her ability to stimulate participants to think and grow in new ways has earned respect for her work throughout the world through organizations  and institutions like American String Teachers Association, The Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, Music Educators Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program and The Academy (a Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard-sponsored program).

Julie has also created seven hours of programming for National Public Radio on jazz violin (The Talking Violin hosted by Dr. Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin hosted by Nancy Wilson), and over fifty articles for music magazines, including STRAD, STRINGS, Fiddler Magazine, and American String Teacher Journal. In addition, Ms. Lieberman produced four American Jazz String Summits in the eighties and nineties featuring many of the top improvising string players in America, and co-produced three alternative string festivals within American String Teachers 2003, 2004, and 2005 conferences, serving as the chair for the 2004 component.

Julie is a D’Addario Elite Clinician and an NS Design performance artist. She is on the American String Teachers Association’s Wellness Task Force. Her books and DVDs are distributed world-wide by Hal Leonard Publications and currently has a portfolio of over two-dozen string orchestra scores in American and world styles published by Kendor Music, Carl Fischer and Alfred Publications. Her original music is licensed by Cinephonix.

Julie is the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards and was honored to be invited by ASTA’s Board to compose String Dreams for the opening ceremony at the 2015 American String Teachers Association’s Salt Lake City Conference. The score has been published and is now available through Carl Fischer Music.

Julie just finished creating a concert package for schools, Planet Strings Informance. It includes ten scores, video tutorials, and a script.

How to Play Contemporary Strings: A Step-by-Step Approach for Violin, Viola & Cello from Julie Lyonn Music on Vimeo.

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MATT TURNER is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Equally skilled as a pianist, Turner teaches in the Jazz & Improvisational Music Department at Lawrence University. He has composed well over two-dozen string orchestra scores that have been published by Alfred, Carl Fischer, and Latham Music.

Turner performs in a myriad of styles and has shared the stage with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz musician Bobby McFerrin. He has also played on over 100 recordings.

As a leader, Turner’s recordings appear on Illusions, Stellar, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Penumbra, Fever Pitch, Geode, Tautology, and Meniscus Records. Turner is a Yamaha and D’Addario Performing Artist and currently performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien, Hal Rammel, Janet Planet, and Karmadog.

 He has also worked with avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell, Peter Kowald, Pauline Oliveros, Hal Rammel, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, to name a few. Turner has recorded with Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Nato /Hope Street, Ayler, Clean Feed, Illusions, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz and others. He has has also recorded with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, goth vocalist/pianist Jo Gabriel, singer-songwriters Mark Croft and Tret Fure, punk artist Kyle Fischer, Kitty Brazelton’s chamber rockestra Dadadah, alt-country band Heller Mason and with the Pointless Orchestra.

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randy-sabienRANDY SABIEN

RANDY SABIEN specializes in a number of styles, including blues, funk, jazz, and Western Swing, to name a few. He has over 35 years of performing experience as a contemporary violinist from appearing on Austin City Limits with Kate Wolf, playing as a guest on Prairie Home Companion, to touring as singer/songwriter Jim Post’s sideman, recording with Greg Brown, doing shows with Corky Siegel, and leading his own band—often featuring triple fiddles.

Sabien founded the string department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1978 and now heads the string department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He is the author of the groundbreaking jazz method for strings “Jazz Philharmonic” published by Alfred Music. He has five albums to his credit. His latest album, “Soul of a Man,” is available online at randysabien.com.


With roots in classical training, traditional fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy Hyman is a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies. She has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and recorded 8 albums, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. Judy also composes music for film, television, and multi-media. She received an Emmy for “Musical Composition/Arrangement: Special Achievement” for her score for the documentary, The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine.

Judy has toured and recorded with pop singer Natalie Merchant several times and appears on her albums, The House Carpenter’s Daughter and Leave Your Sleep. In 2012 she released an album of her original waltzes, Late Last Summer, with her father, noted jazz pianist Dick Hyman. Judy has been featured twice in Fiddler Magazine for her fiddle playing, and once in Electronic Musician for her film composing, and she was selected by Fiddler Magazine as one of their top 20 fiddlers in 2013, in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Critics have described Judy’s work as haunting, gorgeous, sepia-tone, stirring, powerful, impressive, beautiful, rousing, and playful.

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