Teaching Artist Statement
I believe that music at all levels, amateur through professional, and all ages, should be a joy and an outlet for the emotions we experience in life. The craft of learning an instrument does require dedication and discipline, but it is vital that this process be connected to the joy of expression and language. The foundation I try to give to my students is one where they can release tension and find a set-up which is truly comfortable. I apply many of Karen Tuttle's principles which I discovered in the work I have done with Michelle LaCourse, head of the string department at Boston University. Because each student is unique, I try to tailor the materials and methods I use to the needs of each individual. Since most of us tend to interact socially, in one way or another, I encourage my students to participate in ensemble activities like duets or quartets.
Since coming to the United States in 2010, Anya Shemetyeva has built a small studio of private violin and viola students ranging from beginning level through advanced. In addition she has coached the string section of the Cape Cod Youth Symphony, and is the viola sectional leader for the Cape Cod Symphony. While in Russia she was on the Moscow Central Music School violin performance faculty. She is equally comfortable working with children and adults and enjoys helping students to find a proper set up early on in their experience. In this regard, she worked at Johnson String Instrument in Newton MA where part of her job was helping customers to find comfort with their instruments. With more advanced students, she has spent significant time preparing them for upcoming auditions.
Anya completed a Teaching Artist Diploma at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and has been a visiting faculty member at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), the Garth Newel Music Center guest faculty chamber music seminar 2015, and at Project STEP in Boston. Anya did her undergraduate studies at Moscow State Conservatory and her Masters at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Anya Shemetyeva has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Europe and the United States. Solo appearances include performing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Ravel's Tzigane with the Longy Orchestra at Sanders' Theater in Cambridge. Her European tours were under the auspices of the Spivakov foundation. In the U.S. she has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Bayla Keyes, Robert Merfeld and Peter Zazofsky and has performed in chamber concerts at Tanglewood with members of the BSO. She has appeared at festivals such as the Heifetz International Festival, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop and the San Diego Chamber Music Festival. She is currently principal violist with the Cape Cod Symphony, a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and plays regularly, both as a violinist and violist with orchestras such as Symphony NH, the Portland Symphony and Indian Hill. She is violist with Nth degree, a chamber ensemble which performs in the Cape area, and has performed frequently on the chamber music series at Marlboro College in Vermont.