VIOLIN AND VIOLA SUMMER BOOTCAMP
Violin and Viola Bootcamp is a rigorous, supportive program for intermediate and advanced upper string 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. A final performance completes the program.
Students with a minimum of two years playing experience will be the best fit for this program. Intermediate students should be able to play two-octave scales in several keys and should be regularly studying repertoire at an ASTA Grade 3 Level or higher. Advanced students should be able to play three-octave scales in several keys and studying repertoire at ASTA Grade 5 or higher.
IMPORTANT: SEE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS BELOW!
Ages: 10–18 years
Dates: August 5-9 and August 12-16, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition: $555 per week
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program
August 5-9, 2019
Sign up for one or both weeks!
August 5-9, 2019
This week only
Please note that Viola is only available the week of August 5-9!
Viola Spots are currently full as of 03/29/19, but please Register on the Waitlist, as spaces may be added!
Violin students can choose to attend either or both weeks! To register for both, you will need to add each weekly program to your cart before final checkout/ payment.
Younger violin students who may not be ready for Bootcamp might try the Mason Youth Violin Camp for ages 6-12.
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 (see the three options below) and email the URL link to firstname.lastname@example.org (ATT: Claire Allen). Audition deadline has been extended to June 15, 2019.
• Part 1 – Scales (Violin)
– Option A) Play TWO of the following scales, two octaves: G Major, A Major, or B-flat Major
– Option B) Play TWO of the following scales, two octaves: D Major, F Major, d minor, or c minor
– Option C) Play ONE major scale and ONE minor scale, three octaves.
Bowings and tempo are at the applicant’s discretion.
• Part 1 – Scales (Viola)
– Option A) Play TWO of the following scales, two octaves: C Major, D Major, or E-flat Major
– Option B) Play TWO of the following scales, two octaves: G Major, B-flat Major, or g minor
– Option C) Play ONE major scale and ONE minor scale, three octaves.
Bowings and tempo are at the applicant’s discretion.
• Part 2 – Prepared Piece (Violin and Viola)
Please submit a 1- 3 minute recording of yourself playing a SOLO piece (or excerpt of a solo piece) of your choice that demonstrates your highest level of playing ability. Piano accompaniment is not required.
Videos will be reviewed as they are received, and audition decisions will be communicated in May/June. (If the faculty does not feel Bootcamp would be a successful environment for you, we will suggest other options or issue a full refund.)
Guest Masterclass Teachers:
Susanna Klein (August 5-9 week)
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Ms. Klein received her MM from Boston University under the tutelage of Roman Totenberg. You can read more about all of her various projects and find resources for efficient practice at susannaklein.com.
Philippe Chao (August 5-9 week)
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Philippe teaches at Washington Adventist University, George Mason University and The Catholic University of America and is an orchestral coach at Georgetown University. He has engraved and edited several works of Marco Anzoletti (1867-1929) in their premiere editions, published by Gems Music Publications. Earning degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Mr. Chao also studied at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeborough, England and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His mentors include Roland and Almita Vamos, Michael Zaretsky, Gérard Caussé, Donald McInnes, and Robert Vernon. His strings are kindly sponsored by D’addario.
Dr. Peter Wilson (August 12-16 week)
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Dr. Wilson began his professional career as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra in Florida. For over 12 years he served as a lecturer at Catholic University, where he taught courses in conducting and string techniques while serving as Resident Conductor of the University Symphony. A musician in demand for his high energy, versatility, and commitment to authenticity, Dr. Wilson commands respect in a variety of musical genres and is an active guest conductor, soloist, recording artist and performance clinician throughout the United States. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 and has appeared as violin soloist with such legendary artists as Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Renée Fleming, Bernadette Peters, and Trisha Yearwood. He is also cofounder and violinist of the acclaimed string duo “Bridging the Gap” (with double bassist Aaron Clay), which has been hailed for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship” by The Washington Post. In 2016, Dr. Wilson was honored by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity as a recipient of the prestigious “Signature Sinfonian” award in recognition of his “outstanding commitment and dedication to the performing arts while serving as a successful role model, helping others realize their potential and exhibiting high standards of excellence.”
In 2008, Dr. Wilson was one of nine conductors selected to work with Leonard Slatkin in the acclaimed National Conducting Institute in Washington, DC. He studied conducting with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern and also trained with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. He served as Music Director of TYOF (The Youth Orchestras of Fairfax) in Northern Virginia (2010-13), where he conducted its flagship ensemble, the United Youth Symphony Orchestra. He maintains his commitment to working with young musicians as a frequent guest conductor for various district and regional high school honors orchestras nationwide. Dr. Wilson resides in Fairfax, Virginia and is the proud father of three sons.
Akemi Takayama (August 12-16 week)
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Claire Allen, Violin
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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.
Matt Richardson, Violin
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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.
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Since founding and performing with the award-winning Kalliope String Quartet, Drew has been an avid teacher and advocate for musical entrepreneurship and chamber music. In addition to playing countless gigs and concerts as both a violinist and violist, Drew coaches chamber ensembles and leads chamber music masterclasses. Drew’s passion is not only to inspire musical excellence in his students, but also to endow students with useful life skills such as professionalism, dedication, business acumen, and entrepreneurship.
Drew’s teaching career began at Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he led orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, and taught private lessons. While at CIM, Drew played and taught viola and violin with the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies. Additionally, Drew has extensively studied Suzuki Method, string instrument repair, Creative Ability Development, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Guided Imagery in Music. Drew consistently pursues further studies to improve his playing and teaching through institutes, conferences, and degree programs. Incorporating his background in psychology and music therapy, Drew is very aware of the developmental stages and learning styles of his students, and tailors lessons to each student while maintaining focus on standard classical curriculum. He keeps lessons and rehearsals interesting, diverse, and exciting by incorporating his experience in performance, music theory, music history, Suzuki pedagogy, improvisation, anatomy, physics, composition, and eurythmics.
Dr. Patrick LeStrange,Viola
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An avid chamber musician, Patrick has performed in concert venues throughout Canada and the United States, and attended the Orford Centre for the Arts Chamber Music Academy, Québec, where he worked with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony. Since moving to Washington DC, Patrick has performed throughout the area, and has established himself as a dedicated teacher.
Hyunji Lee, Violin
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Andrew Juola, Violin
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Directors: Claire Allen & Matt Richardson
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- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Violin/Viola Bootcamp Welcome Letter 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
“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 ParentSee More Testimonials
“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 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.” – Summmer 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