High School Viola Institute (one week)

During the viola institute, you will experience an intensive week of orchestral, solo, and technique master classes with an outstanding artist faculty. You will have the opportunity to play with the institute's viola ensemble, attend viola master classes, and perform in a student recital.

Below are examples of past instructors; 2017 faculty will be announced in the spring.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 17, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Tuition: $1,190
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

The viola institute is an intensive experience, designed for motivated violists in grades 9-12. Each day, you'll have lectures, master classes, ensemble rehearsal, and other scheduled activities. With a focus on orchestral and solo repertoire, this program is ideal for students who may go on to study viola at the college or conservatory level.

Each summer, the viola institute faculty includes performers and educators from major symphony orchestras, colleges, and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Orchestral Master Class
Students will have the opportunity to perform required audition excerpts in the orchestral master class presented by Lynn Ramsey, viola instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Audition Requirements

Please submit a video recording of the following:

  • one movement from a standard viola concerto, sonata, or equivalent work
  • two movements of contrasting movements from one of Bach's unaccompanied Cello Suites

Additional Opportunities

Photo Gallery

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Lynne Ramsey

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

First Assistant Viola, Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Institute of Music

Jeffrey Irvine

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola, Cleveland Institute of Music

Renee Skerik

Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Leonard Schranze

Valade Fellow, Instructor of Viola, Coordinator of Strings, Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Professor of Viola, University of Memphis

Daniel Sweaney

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Associate Professor of Viola, University of South Carolina

David Holland

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Professor of Viola, Central Michigan University