High School Viola Institute

The Interlochen Viola Institute for grades 9-12 will feature an intensive week of orchestral, solo and technique master classes with an outstanding artist faculty. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Institute's viola ensemble, a mock orchestral audition and perform on a student recital.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 14, 2014 to June 20, 2014
Tuition: $1,075
Age range: Grades 9-12

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next year! Join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

A sample day of the institute will include designated practice and viola ensemble rehearsal time, technique, orchestral and solo repertoire classes, and scheduled activities to promote team building in the beautiful woods of northern Michigan.

Audition Requirements

Please submit a video recording of the following:

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

Optional Materials

For those wishing to participate in the Lynne Ramsey orchestral master class and mock audition, please prepare two excerpts from the following list:

  • Berlioz "Roman Carnival Overture" measures 36-60
  • Beethoven Symphony No.5 second movement, beginning to measure 10 and measures 49-59
  • Mozart Symphony No.35 (Haffner) first movement, measures 13-35;
  • Mendelssohn Scherzo letter C to letter D.

Additional Opportunities

Students are welcome to attend this one-week institute, and then continue on in the six-week orchestra summer program, which immediately follows (a separate audition is required).

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a viola major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.


Lynne Ramsey

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

First Assistant Viola, Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Institute of Music

Renee Skerik

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

Jeffrey Irvine

Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

Cleveland Institute of Music

Leonard Schranze

Valade Fellow, Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Camp
Coordinator of Strings and Advanced String Quartet Program, 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