Viola Bootcamp




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Viola Bootcamp is a rigorous, supportive program for intermediate 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.


Ages:  10 – 18
Dates:  July 12 – 16, 2021
Times:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
Tuition:  $278
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA
*After Care not available


Sample Schedule May Include

9:00 am – 9:15 am
——Announcements and Stretching
9:15 am – 10:00 am
——Scales and Fundamentals
10:00 am – 11:30 am
——Private Lessons and Guided Practice
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
——Special Presentations



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Please submit a link to an unlisted YouTube video (no longer than 5 minutes) of one major and minor scale and a selection of repertoire demonstrating your highest level of performance to with “Viola Bootcamp_student’s name” in the subject line. All videos must be submitted by Monday, June 28.





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.

Instructor: Elizabeth O’Hara Stahr
Professional Violist
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Professional violist Elizabeth O’Hara Stahr is passionate about the future of classical music, the wellbeing of its musicians, and the ensured opportunities of music education for all. In late 2020, Ms. Stahr launched ViolaCentric, a podcast and concert series with duo partner and fellow violist Stephanie Knutsen. A strong advocate of music education, she is the artistic director of a competitive youth chamber music program for musicians in grades 8-12. Ms. Stahr also operates a boutique private viola studio. Her students have been participants at summer academies, including Interlochen and Meadowmount, and have also pursued music degrees at universities such as Vanderbilt and Carnegie Mellon University. She has extensive experience performing chamber music as a founding member of multiple professional ensembles, namely the 9th Street Quartet based in Northern Virginia. An active orchestral violist, Ms. Stahr performs regularly with several ensembles, including the American Pops Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Lyric Opera, National Philharmonic, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. A native of central Pennsylvania, Ms. Stahr has music degrees from Temple University and The Catholic University of America. Ms. Stahr and her husband Matthew have been proud residents of Arlington, VA, for 12 years with their two cats, Bo and Lane.




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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