Violin and Cello Virtual Intensives

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Violin and Cello Virtual Intensives

Violin: July 6-9, 2020
Cello: July 13-16, 2020
Tuition: $225 + $20 Registration Fee
Registration Deadline: June 22, 2020 June 30, 2020
Audition Required

Recommended for pre-college students ages 13 to 20. Each intensive is limited to 8 minimum and 10 maximum students.


These four-day virtual intensives will focus on technique, performance practice, and audition preparation. Through master classes and private lessons, participants will perform solo repertoire and learn about fundamentals, and historical and stylistic approaches. Discussions will be focused on college auditions and best practice methods.

Violin Intensive Faculty

Giora Schmidt
Concert Artist, NYU

Hal Grossman
University of Oregon, Eugene

Fritz Gearhart
University of Oregon, Eugene

Cello Intensive Faculty

Bruce Uchimura
Western Michigan University

James Holland
Albuquerque Chamber Soloists

Dr. Mary Ann Ramos
Northern Arizona University

These intensives create opportunities for participants to: 

  • Perform in a master class 
  • Technique Class   
  • Engage in discussions 
  • Take one 30-minute lesson 
  • Mock college auditions. What and how to prepare for college auditions.

Sample daily schedule (all times Pacific Standard Time): 

  • 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Master class
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch break 
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm: Technique Class or special topic discussion 
  • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm: Lessons (30-minute lessons scheduled TBA)

Audition Information:

Record a video of a solo piece that best presents your best performance. Upload the video to YouTube (or similar site) and include the link in your registration form.


Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality.