During the one-week violin institute, participants will develop their playing skills and prepare for further serious study in high school and beyond.
In 2015, violinists Ara Sarkissian and Paul Sonner of the Interlochen Arts Academy led a week of collaboration and in-depth study of Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas and Mozart concertos. Below are some of the instructors from 2015; 2016 faculty will be announced soon.
The violin institute is an intensive experience. In daily classes, participants will focus on expanding their technical skills, musical knowledge, and artistry. Previous class topics have included:
- Listening and thinking like other instruments, roles, and timbres
- Violin anatomy and physics
- Sound production
- Collaborative listening and exploration
- Practice techniques and methods
You are encouraged to bring at least one movement of a Mozart or other concerto, or a solo Bach piece that you can work on with the institute faculty. Performance opportunities include master classes and recitals.
Please submit a video recording of both of the following. Piano accompaniment is required.
- One movement of a Mozart concerto
- One movement from a solo Bach partita or sonata
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 performance major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
2015 faculty included:
2016 faculty will be announced soon!