Viola Bootcamp



Summer Arts at Mason 2022

Viola Bootcamp is a rigorous, supportive program for intermediate and advanced viola students focused on building a healthy technical foundation. Led by Academy string faculty and guest artists, the week includes private lessons, supervised daily practice, fundamentals and scales classes, workshops on practice techniques and audition strategies, and masterclasses. Students ages 10-18 are grouped according to age and playing level. Come celebrate the viola!



Ages:  10 – 18
Dates:  July 18 – 22, 2022
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Tuition:  $582
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA
Early Application Deadline: Monday, March 28th (acceptance decisions sent on/before April 1st)
Regular Application Deadline:  Monday, June 6th (acceptance decisions sent on/before June 10th)
*After Care not available for this program.


An application and successful video audition are required to participate in this program. Please complete the below online application form and follow audition video submission instructions. See Audition Material below.


COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.

Audition Material:




Director: Dr. Patrick LeStrange
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Dr. LeStrange

Dr. Patrick LeStrange is a sought-after educator and musician in the Washington, D.C. area, where he currently serves as a Viola and Violin Teaching Artist at the Mason Community Arts Academy. Patrick has studied at the Peabody Conservatory (BM), as well as L’Université de Montréal (MM, DMA). His primary teachers have included Victoria Chiang, Jutta Puchhammer- Sédillot, and pedagogy studies with Rebecca Henry. During the summer months, Dr. LeStrange has served on the faculties of the MCAA Chamber Music Intensive, Ovations Summer Strings, Violin/ Viola Bootcamp at the Academy, the Summer Music Institute Ithaca College, and the NY ASTA String Institute at Ithaca College. In addition to his work with MCAA, Dr. LeStrange is currently serving as Strings Department Chair at Levine Music, Washington, D.C.

An avid chamber musician, Dr. LeStrange has performed in concert venues throughout the United States and Canada. He is a current member of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, where he frequently serves as Principal Violist. He is often heard in concerts and recitals at George Mason, performing with faculty members of the Academy and the University.



I enjoyed meeting new instructors outside of my lesson time.”―Viola Bootcamp 2020 Participant

“Thank you so much for running the Viola Bootcamp. My daughter had a wonderful time and loved every minute. Even though we live in Chicago, she didn’t even mind waking up early.”―Viola Bootcamp 2020 Parent



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