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 Stephanie Arado and Paul Sonner of the Interlochen Arts Academy lead a week of collaborative exploration and in-depth study. They will be joined by guest artists Margaret Batjer, Martin Chalifour and Frank Huang.
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.
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.
Valade Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Camp
Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy
Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute