Patriot Violins

Patriot Violins


Note: Auditions closed. Please check back next year for upcoming dates.



Patriot Violins is the new intermediate violin ensemble of Mason Community Arts Academy. Violinists in this ensemble will share certain key characteristics: dedication to music as a core part of their life, fluency and facility on the violin, and openness to forming meaningful connections with the other violinists in the ensemble. Developing a strong team dynamic is essential for a positive ensemble, so violinists must be willing to engage and contribute to creating this dynamic by preparing their individual parts outside of rehearsal and sharing honestly and respectfully during discussions.

The Patriot Violin experience will include:

~An opening workshop on Saturday, September 7, 2019
~Two sessions of one-hour rehearsal each month
~Learning exciting repertoire in a variety of styles
~Opportunities to practice solo performance in a supportive
community setting
~Performances at Mason Community Arts Academy recitals in
December and June
~Exciting community performances (dates and venues TBD)
~A closing celebration on Friday, June 12, 2020


To be eligible, participants must:

~Enroll in 60-minute weekly lessons at Mason Community Arts Academy
~Have at least one year of prior ensemble experience
~Be able to read music fluently in keys up to three flats and three sharps
~Be able to play two octave scales in first and third position (5th preferred)
~Be able to shift between first and third positions comfortably (5th preferred)
~Be able to use vibrato on key notes
~Show facility in using the entire bow and the martele, detache, and legato strokes
~Perform repertoire at an ASTACAP Level 3 or higher
OR Suzuki Book 3 and higher level



Dates:  Alternating Fridays, Sept. 13, 2019–Jun. 6, 2020
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Tuition: $712.50 (Full-year)

To register, indicate “yes”  to Patriot Violins on the online  registration form for your private lessons, available July 29th.



  • Recital Dates: Saturdays, December 14, 2019 and June 6, 2020
  • Opening Workshop: Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Closing Session: Friday, June 12, 6-8 p.m.
  • Additional Performance Opportunities: TBD



Note: Auditions closed. Please check back next year for upcoming dates.


Please send the following to Claire Allen at by noon on Monday, August 19.
Results will be emailed later that week.

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Audio Files: Excerpt 1   Excerpt 2   Excerpt 3   Excerpt 4

Audition Video

Personal Questions
(Please answer in complete sentences in email to Claire Allen along with audition video. Student should complete this section on their own)

Letter of Recommendation
(Letter can be emailed by your teacher directly to Claire Allen at










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