Summer Violin Institute

Apply to the Summer Violin Institute via the Summer Application

Blair Milton

  • MUS_WKSP 320 Performance Workshop, Two-Week 0 credit
  • MUS_WKSP 325 Performance Workshop, Two-Week 0.5 credit (additional charge to register for credit)
  • Two Weeks, Evanston Campus, June 26-July 7, 2017
  • MTWThF, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, 1:30-4:00 pm, 4:30-5:30 pm; Sa 10:30-4:00 pm; Su 8:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Locations TBD
  • Participant tuition: $950, Full Program Auditors: $500, Per Day Auditors (2 sessions): $60,
  • Per Session Auditors: $30 (non-credit)

The Summer Violin Institute is an intensive two-week program that offers participants the opportunity to work with renowned violin faculty. The master class format provides a unique environment for students to receive individual instruction while also benefiting from knowledge imparted to the group in a collective setting. The program is designed to develop strong technical ability, advanced musical skills, thorough knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will participate in a variety of master classes, technique classes and performances.

Audition requirements

A digital audio recording (video recording preferred) including the first movement of a Violin Concerto from the standard repertoire and one movement of a Bach solo Sonata or Partita (10 minutes total).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application. Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which you are applying. This will ensure that your file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary--do not submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume as well as all audition requirements for the performance offerings. NOTE: No paper applications will be accepted. Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned. The application deadline is April 15, 2017. Payments must be received no later than June 1, 2017. 

Applicants will be required to submit a detailed resume, a repertoire list, and one letter of recommendation. Please enter the name and email of your recommender into the online application, which will allow your recommender to submit a letter electronically. Letters of recommendation should not be submitted by the applicant. Should your recommender have trouble with the online form, please contact

For more information contact the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 847-491-3141 or

Blair Milton, Summer Violin Institute Director

Blair Milton

Blair Milton joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1975 and four years later became a founding member of the Evanston Chamber Ensemble. As the founder of the Winter Chamber Music Festival, now in its 17th season, he has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Gil Shaham, Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Arnold Steinhardt and Janos Starker, among others. He has appeared on the Ravinia Festival Chamber Music Series and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Artist Series, as soloist with the Chicago String Ensemble and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. A member of Northwestern University’s violin faculty since 1984, Milton was director of the string program for Northwestern’s National High School Music Institute from 1998-2010. He has given master classes across the United States as well as in South America, Germany, and Japan. A student of Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree, Milton also studied with Ivan Galamian and former CSO concertmaster Sidney Harth.

For more information contact the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 847-491-3141 or