Lessons and Classes

Banjo, fiddle and guitar lessons with Mark Weems

Mark Weems returns to The Prizery as a teacher of traditional music instruments. Mark and his wife Julee have performed at The Prizery many times and have been featured guests on North Carolina Public Radio's Back Porch Music and Fiona Ritchies' The Thistle & Shamrock. Mark and Julee also perform around the country with Little Windows, a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound. Julee will be teaching banjo, fiddle and guitar to students of all ages. Mark will be teaching banjo, fiddle, ukulele, dulcimer and guitar. Mark's lessons are conducted on Mondays during the afternoon and evening.  Contact Mark at markweems@frontier.com.

Violin & Viola Lessons with Matvey Lapin

Matvey Lapin enjoyes multifaceted career as a recitalist, chamber music performer, orchestra leader and teacher. His professional engagements brought him around the world, including most of the Europe, Japan and Korea. Russian native, he accomplished his conservatory training in St. Petersburg, and currently is completing his DM in violin performance at IU Jacobs School of Music, minoring in historical violins and music history.A former member of Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, Matvey collaborated with such musicians as Alex Kerr and Barthold Kuijken, among others. Duo Amabile, a chamber music duet formed with his wife, pianist Katya Kramer-Lapin, performes intensively across US and in Europe. As a historically informed performer, Matvey is a member of Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Demanded teacher, Matvey currently maintains an extensive private studio. He is a faculty member of the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival and Courses in Prague, Czech Republic. In the fall of 2012, Matvey joined Virginia Tech Outreach Program and Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia as a faculty member, teaching violin and viola. Contact Matvey at matvey.lapin@gmail.com.