Idyllwild Arts: scholarships for students available


An appeal for viola students of  high school or college age to come to Idyllwild Arts and be a part of the wonderful 2 week orchestra program there.  

Conducted by Larry Livingston, the orchestra repertoire is appealing this year with Mahler and Copland leading the way. Students have 2 orchestra rehearsals each day as well as daily coaching, optional chamber music, and master classes to observe or be a part of.

There are scholarships available.

More information is available on the web: Click Here


We are still accepting cellists and violists for the 2009 International Music Institute and Festival USA. Please contact us immediately if interested!

The 2009 program will take place July 12-22, 2009 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. All application materials are available on our website: www.imif.us

About the program:

The International Music Institute and Festival USA is an intense summer program for accomplished young violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists. Our faculty include internationally acclaimed performers who are committed to assisting the next generations of musicians reach their personal and musical goals. Admission is limited, ensuring maximum personal attention to each student and thus great progress within a relatively short amount of time. Former participants have continued on to successful professional careers.

The main objective of IMIF-USA is to assist young musicians in reaching their personal and musical goals. Our faculty emphasize technical and artistic mastery of the instrument as well as development of the musician as a person.

The program features:

·         Private lessons with acclaimed faculty (violin, viola, cello, or piano)

·         Master classes and recitals by faculty and guest artists

·         Presentations by faculty and guest speakers on topics such as “Effective Practicing” and “Careers in Music”

·         Daily reflections on personal and musical development

·         Gentle morning exercises (stretches) tailored to musicians

·         Chamber music participation and performance (groups are coached by faculty and guest artists)

·         Student performances in public concerts open to the public

·         Recreational activities (swimming, hiking, harmonica lessons…)

The Institute is followed by a 5-day concert tour (by invitation only), in which participants stay with local families and perform concerts in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

IMIF-USA is organized under the auspices of Intermuse and the International Friends of Music, in collaboration with the American String Teachers Association and Mount St. Mary’s University.

Sarah Goldstein
Director of Admissions
International Music Institute and Festival USA
P.O. Box 28060, Baltimore MD 21239
T/F 410.426.6062

Orford Viola Institute

We would like to announce the third annual North American Viola Institute, to be held once again at the Orford Arts Center located in Mont Orford provincial park, Canada.   The Orford plays host to a world-class Academy of Music every summer and we are pleased they have welcomed back to their campus.  
Next summer’s Institute will include daily technique and master classes, private lessons, scale classes, and performance opportunities. Technique classes emphasize left and right hand skill development and master classes focus on repertoire. Admission will be limited to 40 participants, ages 14-25.

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Each day begins with stretching, followed by scale classes and two hours of private practice.
The week encompasses 14 hours of performance classes and 4 hours of technique classes.
Time is also reserved for viola ensembles and a discussion of how best to approach competition and/or audition preparation. Participant and faculty recitals augment evening activities.

Participants will:
have two 45-minute private lessons with viola faculty,
perform for three members of the viola faculty,
play in one master class,
play two additional performances in a small group performance class,
perform in a student recital,
participate in daily scale and technique classes

2009 North American Viola Institute Faculty
Heidi Castleman: The Juilliard School
David Holland: The Interlochen Arts Academy
Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot: Univeristy of Montreal
Daniel Sweaney: The University of Alabama
Rebecca Albers: The Phoenix Quartet and The University of Michigan
Yi-Fang Huang: Sonata Coach and Collaborative Pianist: The Juilliard School
Dates: June 13-June 18, 2009
Scholarship Application Deadline: February 13, 2009

Final Application Deadline: April 3, 2009