High School Violin Institute (one week)

During the one-week violin institute, participants will develop their playing skills and prepare for further serious study in high school and beyond. Violinists Ara Sarkissian and Paul Sonner of the Interlochen Arts Academy will lead a week of collaboration and in-depth study of Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas and Mozart concertos.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 18, 2016 to June 24, 2016
Tuition: $1,150
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Applications for summer 2016 will be available 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.

Audition Requirements

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

Additional Opportunities


Rachel Barton Pine

Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute

International soloist and recording artist

Timothy Shiu

Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Violin Institute

Associate professor of violin, University of Memphis

Paul Sonner

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

Ara Sarkissian

Interim Orchestra Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy
Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute