Background & Experience
Teaching since 1970, internationally known pedagogue, DREW LECHER, authored two books in 2006, "Violin Technique: the Manual" & "Viola Technique: the Manual" — now available in eBook format. Accepted in countries world wide, the books are a how-to on mastering the respective instrument. Also, available internationally, is a video course on the above.
”These two volumes offer a comprehensive practice methodology that addresses the full gamut of fundamental technical issues on the violin and viola;…these books certainly chart a course towards the acquisition of an in-depth technical understanding…whether used to build one from scratch or to hone individual aspects.”— the Strad, London, September 2008 www.thestrad.com
Intended for students, amateurs and professionals, this methodology offers immediate growth and development to all who delve into the pages and video. It is a most articulate and succinct study on technique with artistic application—containing hundreds of tips and suggestions throughout to continually encourage one's advancement and creativity.
Appointed, at age 23, Prof. of Violin & Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; and later additionally, Instructor of Violin, Viola & Chamber Music at the Wells Cathedral School's Program for Gifted Children in Wells, Somerset—DREW began playing professionally at 19 years of age, rapidly becoming Concertmaster for the Milwaukee Ballet, Opera, Light Opera and Musical Theater orchestras and the city's Music Under The Stars Summer Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He also was former Concertmaster of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In Chicago, DREW became one of the first-call subs with the Chicago Symphony and played numerous commercial recording sessions. He has played chamber music and solos for the Public Broadcasting System and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and, on the lighter side, recorded jingles for McDonald's and numerous other corporations.
His students have been featured artists with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and many regional orchestras along with performing on From the Top radio, Boston, and Introductions WFMT radio, Chicago. They have gone on to The Juilliard School and numerous other fine schools of music. Academically, many have gone on to Harvard, MIT and Stanford, to name a few.
Drew and his wife, Victoria VerHoven, presently reside in the Chicago area where he has established a prominent studio teaching violin, viola and chamber music.