USD sophomore Sophie Stevens has been selected to perform in a masterclass for the world renowned violinist Midori. Midori is visiting Sioux Falls for a one week residency during which time she will work with young people from the region and finish with performances with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday April 26 and 27.
USD professor of violin John Thomson explains that Sophie was one of four students selected from applicants from throughout the entire state for this class for non-Sioux Falls residents. "USD is very proud of Sophie's accomplishments" explains Thomson. "She comes from a musical background as her mother Deb Stevens studied organ at USD. Her professor, Jack Noble remembers Deb as being one of the most musical students he ever had. Sophie has inherited this same gift of intimate communication with an audience from her. Sophie's sister Sadie has this same gift which combined with their work ethic has brought them great success. "This is something that Sophie seems to achieve so naturally, and it is something that the very great artists such as Midori have. Sophie will benefit greatly from interacting with Midori."
Midori visited the National Music Museum on Wednesday and spent time discussing music and the violin with Thomson and the USD violin class.