Summer Violin Institute
June 21-July 2, 2021 (Two-week session)
Recital Dates: June 28, 7:30 pm and July 1, 7:30 pm
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
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.
Week 1 Schedule:
M 9:00 am-4:30 pm; TW 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Th 9:00 am-6:00 pm; F 8:30 am-5:00 pm; Sat 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Week 2 Schedule:
Su no classes; M 9:00 am-4:30 pm; T 9:30 am-4:30 pm; WTh 9:30 am-4:30 pm; F 9:30 am-4:30 pm
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)
Participant tuition: $1,075
Full Program Auditors: $560
Per Day Auditors (2 sessions): $60
Per Session Auditors: $30 (non-credit)
(Only checks, money orders or cash will be accepted for auditor fees)
A video recording including one movement of a violin concerto, and one movement of a Bach solo sonata or partita (not less than 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.
The application deadline is April 12, 2021. Payments of full tuition must be received no later than May 28, 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 23nd 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, Mr. Milton was director of the string program for Northwestern’s National High School Music Institute from 1998-2010.
In 2011, he established the Summer Violin Institute, which is held each summer.
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, Mr. Milton also studied with Ivan Galamian and former CSO concertmaster Sidney Harth.