VIOLIN BOOTCAMP ONLINE
SUMMER 2022 INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FEBRUARY!
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!
Ages: 10 – 18
Dates: July 19 – 23, 2021 (M-F)
Times: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm EST
Location: Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)
Application Deadline: Monday, July 12.
Application and video audition are required for acceptance. Students will be notified by July 9 of acceptance. Information on registration and payment will be sent directly to students accepted to the program.
- Please see the audition requirements below.
- Computer, tablet, or smart phone on a tripod or table with internet access and audio/video capabilities. Please check to be sure your computer or device meets these requirements before registering for this program. All online programs require students to have, at minimum: high-speed internet access, a computer/tablet/smart phone with a built-in camera and microphone capable of running the video conferencing tool Zoom. For best performance, here are our recommended technical requirements:
- Operating Systems
macOS 10.13 or newer
Apple iOS and Android
- Computer Speed and Processor
Use a Mac five years old or newer, or other device three years old or newer, if possible.
4 GB of RAM
2 GHz processor
- Internet Speed
Minimum of 1.5 Mbps download and 800 Kbps upload
- Operating Systems
Audition videos must be in ONE, unedited take, and include the following:
- One major scale (as many octaves as you can play fluently)
- One melodic minor scale (as many octaves as you can play fluently)
- 2 – 5 minutes of a solo piece
All audition selections must represent your highest level of playing ability. Accompaniment is not required for the video.
- Applicant should be dressed as though for an audition (pajamas and athletic attire are not acceptable)
- Applicant should be standing
- Video angle should show the applicant’s entire body as they play
- Lighting should allow the judges to see the applicant clearly – avoid backlighting that silhouettes the candidate as they play.
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)
Co-Director/Instructor: Claire Allen
Academy Teaching Artist
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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.
Co-Director/Instructor: Matt Richardson
Violinist and Teaching Artist
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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.
“This camp was *so much* value for the cost, and exactly what music students need sometimes, instead of just chugging ahead. It’s great to slow down and work on issues and habits with beautiful music and new teacher perspectives. A real gift to student music lovers. Thank you!” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2019 Parent
“The camp was excellent, probably the best strings camps she’s attended in the area. It reinvigorated my daughter’s interest in the violin. Inspiring to see how well these kids play. The concert was amazing” – Summer Violin Bootcamp 2019 ParentSee More Testimonials
“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
“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
- The Academy will not be responsible for students unable to participate due to lack of technology and will be unable to offer any refunds in this event.
- Be sure to check our FAQs and policies and procedures regarding registration, safety protocols, curriculum, technology, and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including camp schedule, supply list, web links, etc. For additional information, please contact the Academy at email@example.com.