Violin Bootcamp Online

Summer 2021 Online Programs Now Open!



Take a deep dive into your technique alongside like-minded violinists from around the world in this exciting online summer camp! Students will enjoy a supportive, growth-focused environment created by Academy faculty as they examine the intricacies of a healthy technical foundation. Through live, interactive instruction over Zoom, you will learn detailed practice strategies, build your technical skills, and advance your playing!

Note: Intermediate and Advanced violin students may also join our Violin Ensemble: The Bach Double (Hybrid) or the Violin Ensemble: Schubert’s Erlkönig (Hybrid).


Ages:  10 – 18
Dates: July 19 – 23, 2021  | July 26 – 30, 2021 (M-F)
Times:  10:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Tuition:  $250
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Early Application Deadline: Monday, May 17 at noon
Application and video audition are required for acceptance. Students will be notified by May 21 of acceptance. Information on registration and payment will be sent directly to students accepted to the program.







Audition videos must be in ONE, unedited take, and include the following:

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.


Violin Teaching Artist, MCAA
Session 1 Instructor: Freya Creech
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Creech

British/Canadian violinist, Freya Creech, combines a busy and varied performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. She has performed in venues throughout the UK and Europe, including Royal Festival Hall (London), Festspielhaus (Salzburg), and Herculessaal (Munich), and is continuing to perform widely across North America, since her move here from Germany in 2019.

Ms. Creech plays with several different orchestras and ensembles, including Grammy-nominated ‘True Concord Voices & Orchestra’, the Arizona Opera Company, and Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and has worked intensively in a wide range of chamber ensembles, most notably as first violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet and second violinist of the Rose Quartet. As a chamber musician, she has also given many performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Aldeburgh, and Salzburg Kammermusik Festivals. Ms. Creech has produced two albums of little-known solo violin music, featuring music by Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté and Virgil Thomson, and can also be heard on the recently released album, ‘Sylva’, by artist Benoît Pioulard. A passionate advocate for music education, Ms. Creech takes great joy in inspiring a new generation of musicians. She works regularly with her own class of students and is often invited to give guest masterclasses.

Ms. Creech grew up on the Wild Atlantic Way, in the west of Ireland, where she learned the violin with her mother. After moving to the UK at the age of 10, she entered the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying the violin with Igor Petrushevski. In 2009, Ms. Creech was awarded the ‘Sir Elton John Scholarship’ to continue her studies as an undergraduate student at the Royal Academy. Ms. Creech completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a distinction in 2014, as a student at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, studying with Professor Klara Flieder. She went on to study in the prestigious Masters’ degree program in Kammermusik, as first violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet, at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. In 2018, Ms. Creech was awarded a distinction for her solo master’s degree at the Mozarteum, where she furthered her studies with Professor Flieder – the most important mentor in Ms. Creech’s life thus far.

In addition to her violin activities, Ms. Creech is also an enthusiastic viola player, an instrument for which she also has a great affinity and real love. She has performed some wonderful chamber music works on the viola, including Debussy’s Trio for Flute, Harp, and Viola, and will always be ready to say ‘yes’ when asked for sight-read any chamber music on viola (or violin)! Ms. Creech’s other interests include a deep love of art (she is often to be found enjoying an afternoon at an exhibition) as well as opera, cinema, reading, and food (cooking, but mostly eating!). Ms. Creech also has a huge passion for writing and has developed a large international readership of her blog, “Freya’s Nook.”

Hyungi Lee Violin Lessons
Session 1 & 2 Instructor: Hyunji Lee
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Ms. Lee

Ms. Hyunji Lee, violin, has concertized throughout North America and Asia as a chamber musician and soloist. She holds a BM from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and an MM from the Université de Montréal. She has studied with legendary violinists, such as Vladimir Landsman and Herbert Greenberg, and completed pedagogy studies with Rebecca Henry. Under the tutelage of Jutta Puchhammer and Amit Peled, Ms. Lee has cultivated a deep appreciation and love of chamber music. As a student, she spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Ms. Lee has performed in many of the Washington, D.C. area’s concert venues and has played with the Annapolis and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras. As a teacher, Ms. Lee has many years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages, and has a very motivating and detailed approach to her work. She has been teaching both beginning and advanced levels for over ten years in both group and individual settings and is happy to share her love for music with her students at the Mason Community Arts Academy.


Session 2 Instructor: Andrew Juola
Academy Teaching Artist
Read about Mr. Juola

Andrew Juola is an active performer in the Washington, D.C. 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.




“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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