VIOLIN SUMMER BOOTCAMP
SUMMER 2019 INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED BY JANUARY 15, 2019!
Jumpstart your fall school year with Violin Bootcamp – whether you want to improve your technique and/ or improve orchestra audition skills, this is the place for you! This week-long program for intermediate/advanced violinists will help students improve their technical skills in a rigorous but supportive atmosphere. This program is for intermediate and advanced students ages 8-18 who have played for a minimum of 2 years and are capable of independent practice. Students should be at an ASTA Grade Level 2/Suzuki Book 2 or higher playing level.The schedule includes 4 private lessons, daily supervised practice, group classes on different topics (including fundamentals, scales, shifting, vibrato, and music theory), rehearsal with a professional collaborative pianist, masterclasses with Academy Teaching Artists and guest teachers from music colleges, and a final performance.
New for 2018! Viola section also available week of August 6-10 only!
IMPORTANT: A short audition video submission is required for this program. After registering for the program, please submit an UNLISTED YouTube video link of you performing one scale of your choice and one minute of a solo piece which reflects your highest level of ability, and email URL link to email@example.com (ATT: Claire Allen) . Videos will be reviewed as they are received. (If the faculty does not feel Bootcamp would be a successful environment for you, we will issue a full refund.)
Ages: 8–18 years
Dates: August 6-10 and/or August 13-17, 2018*
Times: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition: $605 + $10 music fee (per week)
Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Aftercare not available for this program
*Violin students can sign up for one or both weeks! For viola students, choose August 6-10 only.
August 13-17, 2018
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.
Guest Masterclass Teachers:
Susanna Klein, Virginia Commonwealth University (August 6-10 week)
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Rebecca Henry, Peabody Institute (August 6-10 week)
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Peter Wilson, George Mason University (August 13-17 week)
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Akemi Takayama, Shenandoah University (August 13-17 week)
We’re sorry, due to unexpected circumstances, Ms. Takayama will NOT be able to attend Violin Bootcamp this year. (Posted 05/01/18)
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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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.
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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.
Erynn Spencer Hangen, Violin
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Erynn Hangen also performs as a soloist and collaborative musician in the metro-DC area. She performs regularly with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, as well as other small ensembles. Recently, she performed as a soloist at the Argentinian Embassy in DC, and has appeared as a soloist in several recitals given at the Peabody Conservatory’s Griswold Hall in Baltimore. She has performed in numerous venues, including Washington’s Kennedy Center and Lisner Hall, Baltimore’s Friedberg Hall, Griswold Hall, Cohen-Davison Hall, and Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, Abravanel Hall, Dumke Recital Hall, Thomson Recital Hall, and Kingsbury Hall, as well as the Church of St. Mary the Great in Cambridge, England.
Erynn earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Utah, where she studied with Leonard Braus. In May 2014, she completed her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory where she was a protégé of the distinguished faculty artist Violaine Melançon.
Directors: Claire Allen & Rachel McAleer
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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 2018 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.
To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
“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 ParentSee More Testimonials
“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
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