Violin Ensemble: Schubert’s Erlkönig (Hybrid)

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Advanced violin students – dive into the dramatic world of Franz Schubert’s Erlkönig this summer! Originally composed for voice and piano, violinists will learn an all-violin arrangement of this epic piece. Live, interactive online violin classes will feature technical and musical activities designed to perform this piece at the highest level. Classes will also include analysis of the original score, discussion of the Romantic 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 receive sheet music and part assignments by July 1.

Intermediate and advanced violinists are encouraged to apply for our Violin Bootcamp Online. Advanced violinists can also apply for the Violin Ensemble: The Bach Double (Hybrid).


Ages:  10 – 18
Dates:  August 9 – 13, 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.

Excerpt 1  |  Excerpt 2  |  Excerpt 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
Read about Mr. Richardson

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.


Andrew Juola
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Juola

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.

Mr. Juola 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, Mr. Juola 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.

Mr. Juola 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. Mr. Juola’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.




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

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