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Violin Bootcamp

Students at summer violin camp

VIOLIN SUMMER BOOTCAMP

Violin Bootcamp is a rigorous program for intermediate and advanced violinists focused on building a healthy technical foundation. Academy faculty and guest artists create a supportive, growth-focused environment for students as they examine the intricacies of violin technique. The week includes private lessons, supervised daily practice, classes on fundamentals, scales, and etudes, masterclasses, and workshops on practice techniques and audition strategies. The week culminates in a solo presentation demonstrating progress and growth made during the camp.

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.

IMPORTANT: SEE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS BELOW!

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

Ages:  10–18
Dates:  August 3–7, 2020
Times:  9 a.m.–4 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $555
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA
After Care option not available for this program

Audition Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
Application and video audition are required for acceptance. Information on registration and payment will be sent directly to students accepted to the program.

In the event of program cancellation due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued.

 

 

AUDITION INFORMATION


The following are the requirements for your video audition as part of the application process.

 

 

MASTERCLASS FACULTY


 

Dr. Cora Cooper visiting artist.
Dr. Cora Cooper
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PROGRAM FACULTY


 

Claire Allen, Violin Lessons
Co-Director/Instructor: Claire Allen
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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
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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.

Andrew Juola, Violin Lessons
Instructor: Andrew Juola
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Andrew Juola is an active performer in the DC Metropolitan area. He performs with the Washington Concert Opera’s first violin section, the Tysons-Mclean Orchestra, and the Arlington Philharmonic as both a first and second violinist. He freelances with various other ensembles as both a violinist and violist. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from George Mason University and a Master’s of Music from the University of Maryland. He considers Peter Haase and James Stern to be his most influential teachers. Throughout his formal studies, Andrew attended and performed at collegiate chamber music and orchestral festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the National Music Festival, and the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.

Andrew has taught privately for six years and has extensive experience coaching chamber ensembles and sectionals. Through the use of the Suzuki method, the teachings of Paul Rolland, and Alexander Technique, he wants his students to discover a technique with which they can project their musical ideas through their instruments. Andrew’s students have auditioned successfully for collegiate programs in music as well as in district and regional events at the pre-college level on violin and viola.

 

Violin/Viola Teaching Artist
Instructor: Caitlin Renner
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Caitlin (Perdue) Renner is an avid collaborator. She has performed in many chamber ensembles of both the classical and the traditional variety, recording projects, and has previously collaborated with a fellow graduate student and dancer to create an original piece. Additionally, Ms. Renner has spent many summers being immersed in Celtic, Scandinavian, Americana, and Fusion Folk styles. She encourages her students to grow familiar with a variety of musical styles and incorporates folk pieces into her teaching repertoire.

Most of all, Ms. Renner is fascinated with teaching. Her students provide inspiration for diving further into her musical studies and learning more about transmitting technique and musicality through each lesson. She has received training in the Suzuki Method, the Mark O’Connor Method, a certification in Music Mind Games, and has attended numerous teacher workshops. In addition to her private teaching, Ms. Renner teaches music and movement classes at several area preschools.

Ms. Renner received her Masters of Music in Viola Performance, with an emphasis in violin and viola pedagogy, from the Peabody Institute in 2014. She studied under Victoria Chiang and Rebecca Henry. She also received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with Katherine Murdock.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS


“I so appreciated the faculty coaching the kids to be independent and kind; intense violin instruction; healthy interaction between kids of different ages within the age 10-18 age span.” – Summer Violin/Viola Bootcamp 2018 Parent

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“My favorite part was the personalized attention in individual lessons and the variety of activities.” – Summer Violin/Viola Bootcamp 2018 Participant

“The kids were immersed in music for the whole week, learned a ton and had fun the whole time. They could bond with others with similar interests.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Parent

“I love violin more than I used to. I also love my teachers. The teachers are the best teachers ever. They aren’t strict or mean.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“Bootcamp is magical!! I love the part where we have competitions and masterclasses because it’s super fun.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“I loved and really enjoyed it! Scales and technique really helped!” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“I feel like I learned more here than I did in all of the middle school orchestra.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“Bootcamp is the best thing ever. I wish it was the whole year!” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“Violin Bootcamp really is an amazing experience, and the teachers really do make playing the violin fun.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“A big thank you to all the teachers and staff who made my bootcamp experience so special! I will miss you guys so much and I will totally come back next year.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“I really liked masterclass because it was really cool to watch others get helped at all levels. I felt like I learned so much more in this week than I’d usually learn in a couple of months.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“Helpful tips for refining techniques was my favorite part.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“My favorite part was playing violin games.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

“I really enjoyed the one-on-one time with the instructor.” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2017 Participant

 

 

 

 

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