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Virtual Intensive Violin Academy


Session 1: July 5-9 (orientation at 4 p.m. July 4)
Session 2: July 12-16 (orientation at 4 p.m. July 11)

Tuition: $550 per session
Application deadline: May 10
Apply now via our online application platform

Faculty: Zachary Ebin, Christina McGann and Stephen Miahky

VIVA is a one- or two-week online program for advanced violinists in middle and high school. The program includes:

  • Two weekly lessons
  • One public performance, including a solo and the premiere of an original work by Stephen Miahky
  • Unique cardio and stretching exercise classes tailored specifically for violinists
  • Daily master classes with faculty and guest artists
  • A Zoom practice room hallway
  • Engaging course work
  • Social activities, including practice breaks and daily evening virtual gatherings
  • Care package, including a T-shirt, sticker and tea time snacks

Daily schedule

viva8-8:50 a.m. Group exercise class

9-9:50 a.m. Scale/technique class

10-10:50 a.m. Practice/lesson/free time

10:50-11 a.m. Social practice break

11-11:50 a.m. Practice/lesson/free time

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch, optional Zoom

1-1:50 p.m. Class

2-2:50 p.m. Master class with faculty and guest artists

3-3:50 p.m. Practice/lesson/free time

4-5 p.m. Group events, which will include a faculty concert, trivia night, classical music
Bingo, non-classical music Bingo and a student concert


Technique classes

Students will be placed into technique classes each week.

Session 1 classes

Musicianship for Violinists (Ebin)

This class focuses on foundational music studies in pitch and rhythm training. Students will learn exercises and ear-training routines which will improve the speed at which they learn repertoire, their ability to perform, and their understanding of music.

Practice Grit (McGann)

What does it really take to achieve the highest standard of violin playing? Often, students are surprised by both small and large imperfections in their performance when under pressure. While mistakes are an important part of learning, this class will challenge students to examine their own practice routine as they search for any missing links.

Composing Second Violin Parts for Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (Miahky)

This class will give students tools to analyze and interpret Bach's works for solo violin. By composing an accompanimental part to these works, violinists will develop a deeper intuitive and theoretical understanding of harmonic structure.

Session 2 classes

Sightreading for Violinists (Ebin)

Strong sightreading skills enhance a student's ability to learn new repertoire and improve orchestral and chamber music experiences. In this class, students will learn strategies for approaching previously unseen music to be able to play it on first attempt. Additionally, students will train with exercises in both rhythmic reading and pitch reading to improve sightreading skills.

Theory for Violinists (McGann)

Every proficient violinist needs an extensive knowledge of the fingerboard, ease of interval recognition and quick response to harmonies. This class will address these fundamental skills.

Cadenza Writing (Miahky)

When the great concertos of the past were written, soloists were meant to improvise or write their own cadenzas. In this class, students will learn the basics of cadenza writing, including harmonization of melodies, motivic fragments, modulations, virtuosic violin writing, and how to tie them all together as a brilliant and personal cadenza.