The 2014 High School Violin Institute at Interlochen is providing aspiring violinists in grades 9-12 the unique opportunity to develop their playing skills by also learning to listen beyond the instrument itself. Exploring music-making through larger dimensional listening, violin faculty Paul Sonner of the Interlochen Arts Academy leads a week of collaborative exploration and in-depth study.
Daily classes will focus on technical skills, playing, listening, discussion, musical curiosity, and artistry. Sample master class topics will include:
- How listening to and thinking like other instruments, roles, and timbres, make you a better violinist
- How learning about the instrument affects how you play your instrument
- Sound production and collaborative listening and exploration
- Practicing to gain better proficiency in instrument technique and musicality
Although it is not required, participants are strongly encouraged to bring at least one movement of a concerto, sonata, and/or solo piece that can be worked on during the week of the Institute with Institute faculty. Performance opportunities will include master classes and student and faculty performances.
How to Apply
- Complete the online application
- Prepare the audition materials listed below and upload them to https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/interlochenarts/apply
Please submit a video recording of both of the following:
- One movement of a Mozart Concerto
- One movement from a contrasting work
Students are welcome to attend this one-week institute, and then continue on in the six-week orchestra summer program or the six-week advanced string quartet program, both of which immediately follow the one-week violin institute.
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a violin major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.