Small nws excemption3 Virtual Hangout: Efficient Practice Routines

Live Events | Jarrett McCourt, Tuba / Nathan Cole, Violin / Caroline Gilbert, Viola

First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Nathan Cole joins NWS Fellows Jarrett McCourt (tuba) and Caroline Gilbert (viola) in a live, interactive discussion on how to make the most of your practice time.

Jarrett McCourt

Nathan Cole

First Associate Concertmaster NATHAN COLE, who joined the LA Phil in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, KY, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music.

While in Chicago, Cole taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts and Azusa Pacific University, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and USC. He is also on the faculty at Azusa Pacific University. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.

Nathan is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. The Nathan Cole School of Violin includes a video curriculum of all major orchestral excerpts, plus concertos, etudes, and fundamental lessons. Visit him at

Caroline Gilbert

Caroline Gilbert is a third-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony and a native of Bloomington, Indiana. While earning her bachelors of music degree at Indiana University (IU), her teacher, Atar Arad, invited her to Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel where her performance was broadcast on the radio in New York. She went on to play with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, work with Michael Tilson Thomas as part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and toured Turkey, Spain and Germany with the Schleswig-Holstien Festival Orchestra.

While at IU, Ms. Gilbert won the concerto competition, performing Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher as a soloist with the IU chamber orchestra, and was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the "Conservatory Project" series. She was then accepted to The Juilliard School, where she completed her master’s degree studying with Samuel Rhodes and Roger Tapping. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for two summers, working with and performing alongside members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and this summer she was invited to Switzerland to participate in the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Outside the classroom and performance hall, Ms. Gilbert is very involved with community outreach projects. She taught violin for four years as part of the Fairview Violin Project which brought music to a school that was failing according to the No Child Left Behind Act. She was also the violist for Ballet Next, an emerging ballet company in New York City which helped her combine her passions for music and dance, which she studied for 14 years while growing up.