Violin Bootcamp: Performance Intensive

VIOLIN SUMMER BOOTCAMP: PERFORMANCE INTENSIVE

New in Summer 2020, Violin Bootcamp: Performance Intensive is a challenging program for intermediate and advanced violinists to hone their technical and performance skills. In this expanded program, Academy faculty and guest artists create a supportive, growth-focused environment for students, who will study and develop the many skills of crafting a compelling performance. Each student will come with a polished, memorized solo piece and will have private lessons, supervised individual practice, classes on technical fundamentals, the art of interpretation, stage presence, and daily coachings with collaborative pianists. Workshops and masterclasses with guest artists and Academy faculty will further enhance the student experience. The week culminates with a full recital.

Bootcamp is for intermediate and advanced violinists studying repertoire at a Suzuki Book 4/ASTACAP Grade 4 level or higher. Students should be able to play two-octave scales in third and fifth positions, or three-octave scales in several keys. Video audition is required for acceptance.

IMPORTANT: SEE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS BELOW!

Younger violin students who may not be ready for bootcamp might try the Mason Youth Violin Camp for ages 6-12. Students are encouraged to apply for both Violin Bootcamp: Performance Intensive and the Violin Bootcamp.

Ages:  10–18
Dates:  August 10–14, 2020
Times:  9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $580
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA
After Care option not available for this program

Audition Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

 

 

AUDITION INFORMATION


A short audition video submission is required for this program to ensure proper placement. After registering for the program, please create an UNLISTED YouTube video link of your audition recording and email the URL link to academy@gmu.edu (ATT: Claire Allen).

 

 

PROGRAM FACULTY


 

Claire Allen, Violin Lessons
Co-Director/Instructor: Claire Allen, Violin
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Claire Allen is an active performing violinist and private teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a Teaching Artist at Mason Community Arts Arts Academy, where she has a private studio of students ages 4 through 18 and is the Faculty Coordinator. She teaches Violin Beginnings, a series of group classes for young children just starting to play violin, teaches supplemental Suzuki-style group classes for students already in private lessons, coordinates the chamber music program, and is a co-director of the summer Violin Bootcamp. Recent student successes include five prize winners in the  Academy Music Competition, superior ratings in the Solo & Ensemble festival, and successful auditions for the American Youth Debut Orchestra and String Ensemble.

Before teaching for Mason Community Arts Academy, Claire was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. During her teacher training, Claire completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.

As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She is a founder of the Faculty String Quartet at Academy. Highlights from the 2016-2017 season include a solo recital at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, orchestral performances with the McLean Orchestra, and chamber music performances as part of Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Claire created a recital to promote the music of female composers in June 2016, in which she and her students performed with pianist David Norfrey and Cora Cooper, the editor of the Violin Music By Women Anthologies. She performed works by Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and Amanda Maier. In addition to performance, Claire co-taught a teacher training workshop on the Violin Music By Women Anthologies and awareness of gender issues in the modern violin studio. Her blogs on the subject have been featured on Violinist.com.

Claire holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.

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Co-Director/Instructor: Matt Richardson, Violin
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Matt Richardson is a Freelance Violinist/Violist and teacher in the DC Metropolitan area. He frequently performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, The National Philharmonic, the New Orchestra of Washington, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, The Williamsburg Symphony, the Apollo Orchestra, and the Mclean Orchestra. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the Virginia Opera, Opera on the James, the Mark Morris Dance Company, the International Chamber Orchestra of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. He is a frequent solo and chamber recitalist in the Metropolitan DC area, performing on such series as the Kent Chamber Music (DE) series, the Music with the Angels series (DC), the USAF Band Chamber series (VA), and the Fairfax County Spotlight on the Arts series (VA), as well as having performed in numerous DC venues including, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Millennium Stage, The Washington National Cathedral, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria, The Washington Masonic Memorial, The Church of the Holy City (DC) and many others.

Additionally, Matthew has been an active violin teacher and clinician in the Northern Virginia area since 2007, maintaining private studios at Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University, and out of his home in Centreville, VA. His students have gone to rank highly in all levels of the American Youth Philharmonic orchestras, the Mclean Youth Orchestra, and the Arlington Philharmonic’s “Crescendo” chamber music program, as well as leading sections in the Northern Virginia and North Central Virginia Senior Regional Orchestras, and the Virginia All-State Orchestra. He has also served on the faculty of the Corcoran Chamber Music Institute at George Washington University since 2014, and the GMU Ovations Summer Strings Academy since 2009. Matt’s primary teachers include Peter Haase, Zino Bogachek, Karen Johnson, Weigang Li, and Joseph Wargo.

 

Rachel McAleer Violin Lessons
Instructor: Rachel Holloway
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Rachel (McAleer) Holloway is a Violin Teaching Artist at Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, Virginia. At the Academy, Rachel has a committed private studio of beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin students. In addition to teaching private lessons, Rachel teaches group classes for beginning violinists. Rachel co-directs Violin Bootcamp, a two-week intensive summer camp for intermediate and advanced violinists. Rachel enjoys performing in the Washington, DC area. She regularly plays with the Arlington Philharmonic, the McLean Orchestra, and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. With PASO, she has performed in many wonderful venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.

In May 2016, Rachel completed a Master of Music program in Violin Performance at George Mason University. While at GMU, Rachel studied with June Huang and was concertmaster of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016, Rachel gave a solo recital at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where her primary instructors were Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, Rachel studied the methodology of pedagogues, Paul Rolland and Shinichi Suzuki. These influential violin teachers greatly enhance Rachel’s teaching style. While studying at IU, Rachel was a lead teacher for the Fairview Elementary Violin Project, a music program for underserved children in Bloomington, IN. She also taught supplemental lessons at the IU String Academy. From 2008-2012, she was a member of the IU symphony orchestras, performing in a vast array of orchestral, operatic, and ballet performances. In 2010, Rachel performed a solo recital at Ford Theater at Indiana University. In 2012-2013, Rachel taught elementary general music, elementary violin class, and middle school string orchestra at KIPP DC public charter school in Washington, D.C.

Rachel is committed to developing professionally as a teacher and performer. She is an active member of the American String Teachers Association and is on the board of the Virginia chapter of American String Teachers Association. One of her duties as a VASTA board member is to produce and publish ‘Fingerboard’ e-newsletters for the string teaching community of Virginia. In 2015, 2014 and 2012, Rachel attended the national conferences for the American String Teachers Association.

Hyungi Lee Violin Lessons
Instructor: Hyunji Lee, Violin
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Ms. Hyunji Lee, violin, has concertized throughout North America and Asia as a chamber musician and soloist. She holds a BM from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and an MM from the Université de Montréal. She has studied with legendary violinists, such as Vladimir Landsman and Herbert Greenberg, and completed pedagogy studies with Rebecca Henry. Under the tutelage of Jutta Puchhammer and Amit Peled, Ms. Lee has cultivated a deep appreciation and love of chamber music. As a student, she spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Ms. Lee has performed in many of the DC area’s concert venues and has played with the Annapolis and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras. As a teacher, Hyunji has many years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages, and has a very motivating and detailed approach to her work. She has been teaching both beginning and advanced levels for over ten years in both group and individual settings and is happy to share her love for music with her students at the Mason Community Arts Academy.

 

 

 

 

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