Mark O'Connor Concert in West Bloomfield, MI
Multi Grammy-Winning Violinist Mark O'Connor performance with West Bloomfield School District Orchestras (Lynn Brosnan & Linda Trotter directors)
On Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 PM, legendary New York City-based violinist/fiddler, composer, and multi-Grammy winning recording artist Mark O’Connor will join West Bloomfield School District Orchestras, led by Abbott Middle School Orchestra Director Lynn Brosnan and her colleague Linda Trotter, Director of Orchestras at West Bloomfield High School and Orchard Lake Middle School, for “An American Festival” concert. Sponsored by internationally famous violin company, SHAR Music, and Mr. O’Connor, the concert will be held at West Bloomfield High School Auditorium, located at 4925 Orchard Lake Road. The program will feature favorite tunes from the popular new O’Connor Orchestra Method, in addition to solo works played by Mr. O’Connor. The public is invited to attend this major event. Tickets can be purchased at: or by calling 1-866-967-8167; ticket prices: $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Students.

When music educator Lynn Brosnan discovered that her school had a chance to win a performance with Mr. O’Connor, valued at tens of thousands of dollars, she immediately envisioned the positive effect that such a concert would have on her students and the String Program in the West Bloomfield School District. Encouraging her students’ involvement in writing essays to be submitted to SHAR Music, Ms. Brosnan says she was ecstatic when the winners were announced, and that Abbott Middle School emerged as one of the four national winners, out of the hundreds of schools that entered. The other winning schools are in Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

Currently in the fourth decade of a remarkable career, O’Connor has witnessed countless “Aha” moments on the faces of the young participants at his popular nationwide fiddle camps, discovering the pleasures of learning to play familiar songs, performing with others and expressing themselves through improvisation. With an emphasis on improvisation and collaborative engagement, unique among teaching methods, the O’Connor Method aims to put creativity at the center of teaching music. Using familiar American tunes, with their roots in African, Latino, as well as European music, the goal is to equip the 21st Century Musician with the skills and motivation required to succeed and, more importantly, to contribute to America’s rich and broad musical heritage.

Today, the O’Connor Method, although still less than two years in print, has been embraced by countless violin teachers, a testament to its efficacy. “Creative training is essential . . . and getting kids to fall in love with playing music” is the mantra behind the method, says Mr. O’Connor.