The Symphony's cddoncertmaster, Akemi Takayama, presented a violin master class for six students at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 612 Jamestown Rd. The format for these master classes includes about five minutes for the student to perform a musical selection, after which the master makes suggestions for improvements that ranged from flexibility to positioning of hands, writs, arms and body to practicing. The session closed with her comment, "The key to success is to practice slow; but you can't practice wrong."Ms. Takayama is shown below with (left to right) Ayush Pal, Tate Lee, Gabriel Harding, Shaily Pal and Joy Ma. Click here for a collage of participnts.