High School Violin Institute

The 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 instructor Paul Sonner of the Interlochen Arts Academy will lead a week of collaborative exploration and in-depth study.

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.

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.

Audition Requirements

Please submit a video recording of both of the following:

  • One movement of a Mozart Concerto
  • One movement from a contrasting work

Additional Opportunities


Margaret Batjer

Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute

Concertmaster, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Martin Chalifour

Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute

Concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Frank Huang

Valade Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Camp

Paul Sonner

Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy
Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute