Claim your spot in this year’s Klezmer Violin Workshops with Alicia Svigals

NB – the workshop with Alicia Svigals has been canceled, but the event on June 21st will continue as planned! More info here.

For the ninth annual Make Music New York, we’re teaming up with Alicia Svigals, the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage– A Living Memorial to the Holocaust to present a spring workshop series for violinists ages 12 and up, culminating in a performance produced by the National Yiddish Theatre and Joe’s Pub for KulturfestNYC.

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About the Workshop

Over the course of six weeks, Svigals will take students on a tour of the basic klezmer forms: horas, bulgars, freylekhs, and more. They will learn traditional tunes and Svigals’s own compositions directly from her. In the process, they will discover the secrets of her authentic Yiddish playing style – the timbres and rhythmic feel, the modes and dance beats, slides, trills and krekhzn that make a violinist sound like a bonafide klezmer.

Workshop Sessions

Workshops will be held on five Sundays from 10am – noon at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, with a final rehearsal at Joe’s Pub. Session dates are May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31*, June 7, and June 14**.

* The May 31st workshop will be held from 3pm – 5pm.
** Held at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street.

Students should have good fundamental reading and playing skills, but no prior familiarity with the genre is required.

Final Performance

The workshops will culminate with all participants performing the world premiere of Svigals’s new suite of music at the Joe’s Pub block party (on Astor Place) on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 3pm. This performance will be part of Make Music New York 2015 and of KulturfestNYC, a festival presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for their 100th anniversary season.

Reservations & Payment

The workshop costs $300 per student ($265 for members of the Museum).

The workshop is limited to twenty students. You may reserve a spot by making a non-refundable $100 deposit via PayPal, which applies towards the total fee (the balance of payment is due by April 26th), or by paying in full.


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About the Instructor

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Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and a composer who was selected to be a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. She has played with and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Debbie Friedman, Avraham Fried, and many others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, PBS Great Performances, NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word.


If you have any questions or are wondering if this class is right for you, please email Dave Ruder at