Violin Ensemble: The Bach Double (Hybrid)

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Intermediate and advanced violin students – immerse yourself in one of the greatest works written for the violin: The Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins by Johann Sebastian Bach! Live, interactive online technique classes will feature technical exercises designed to build and refine the skills needed to perform this piece at the highest level. Classes will also include analysis of the full score, discussion of the Baroque era, and the historical and cultural context of this piece.
Independent practice, section practice on parts, and coaching from Academy faculty will round out this comprehensive experience. The week will culminate in an in-person rehearsal and recording session at Mason! (Safety protocols and procedures will apply.)

Note: Students will be assigned either to the first violin part or the second violin part. Music (with bowings and fingerings) will be sent by July 1. In the Bach Double, both parts are of equal significance and difficulty. Requests to be switched from one part to another will not be granted.

Intermediate and advanced violinists are encouraged to apply for our Violin Bootcamp Online. Advanced violinists can also apply for the Violin Ensemble: Schubert’s Erlkönig (Hybrid).


Ages:  10 – 18
Dates:  August 2 – 6, 2021
Times:  Online: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm EST (Monday-Thursday)
———–In-Person: 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST (Friday)
Tuition:  $300
Location: Online: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
————-In-Person: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building
Application Deadline: Monday, June 21 at noon
Application and video audition are required for acceptance. Students will be notified by June 11 of acceptance. Information on registration and payment will be sent directly to students accepted to the program.



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Audition videos must be in ONE, unedited take, and include the three excerpts.

Excerpts 1-3

All audition selections must represent your highest level of playing ability. Accompaniment is not required for the video.

Video Guidelines

Please upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video, then copy and paste the link into the application form linked above. (Note: Do not attach video files to emails or to the application form)





Claire Allen, Violin Lessons
Co-Director/Instructor: Claire Allen
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Allen

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

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.

Co-Director/Instructor: Matt Richardson
Violinist and Teaching Artist
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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.





Benjamin Jones-Hayes Violin Bootcamp
Benjamin Jones-Hayes
Musician and Luthier
Read about Mr. Jones-Hayes

Benjamin Jones-Hayes is a luthier and violin maker now based in Fairfax, Virginia. He is also a classically trained violist who often performs Irish fiddle and teaches both violin and viola lessons to private students.

Misha Tumanov, Piano Lessons
Misha Tumanov
Academy Piano Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Tumanov

Born in Ukraine, Misha Tumanov started his musical education in Costa Rica at the Instituto Superior de Artes and the Pre-College Program of the National University, studying with Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky. After Mr. Tumanov graduated with honors from the National University at age seventeen, he continued his studies with Dr. Ray Kilburn at Ball State University, receiving a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma in piano performance. Currently, Mr. Tumanov is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Maryland, under Dr. Larissa Dedova, where he is recording works of the early Soviet Avant-garde, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Myaskovsky, Feinberg, and Roslavets.

Mr. Tumanov has taught in the Washington, D.C. area since 2010. Previously, he taught at the National University of Costa Rica, the Instituto Superior de Artes, and Ball State (both private lessons and group classes). Mr. Tumanov has also taught group classes at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. He has been often invited back to Costa Rica to work with students preparing for competitions and major performances, most notably the International Competition of Slav Music 2009 and 2010, where the students received two 2nd Prizes and one 3 rd Prize. Mr. Tumanov’s students have performed at the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, as well as prominent local venues.

Mr. Tumanov’s experience as a teacher ranges from 4 year-old beginners to advanced adults. Mr. Tumanov is passionate about guiding his students to find their own artistic voice and discovering the joy of music.

Mr. Tumanov has participated in masterclasses with such distinguished pianists and teachers as Gyorgy Sandor, Alexander Braginsky, Alexander Kobrin, Jerome Rose, and Jonathan Biss. In 2006 he released a CD featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, and Rachmaninov.

Mr. Tumanov is a frequent performer at festivals and conferences, both as a solo and collaborative pianist, including the International Double Reed Society conference, MTNA, Piano Technicians Guild, and Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Costa Rica, as well as the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tumanov has won numerous awards and competitions, including 2nd place at the East-Central Division of the MTNA National Competition, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, and 1st Prize at the Pinault International Competition in New York.

In addition, Mr. Tumanov is the pianist/organist and Concert Series Coordinator at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA.


Zach Whitaker
Academy Cello Instructor
Read about Mr. Whitaker

Zachary Whitaker graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory with a B.M. in Cello Performance and later received a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from George Mason University. Throughout Mr. Whitaker’s cello career, he has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Robert deMaine, Amit Peled, Nurit Bar-Josef, and film composer Hans Zimmer. In addition, Mr. Whitaker has extensive performance experience with numerous ensembles, including the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, and the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra where he served as their principal cellist. He is also a Performance Member with the Friday Morning Music Club.

During his summers, Mr. Whitaker has attended the Eastern Music Festival, the National Music Festival, and in 2017 was a fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and Festival. Mr. Whitaker has also attended Magic Mountain Music Farm, where he studied under Burton Kaplan.

Mr. Whitaker has been teaching privately since 2012, and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.




This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players and Day Violins.

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