Arts Academy Boarding School: Viola Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student violists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Viola students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The viola course of study is designed to provide for technical and musical growth according to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

The viola major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

The course of study for the violist is an individualized program for the development of technique, musical gesture, repertoire, and a broad study of music from all periods. Also emphasized are physical conditioning; mental process of concentration and alertness; development of practice habits; and the preparation of college and other types of auditioning. While technical studies vary from one student to another, the Flesch Scale System and the etudes of Fuchs, Uhl, Bruni, Campagnoli, and Kreutzer are used extensively. Dance suites, sonatas, concertos, and shorter works are the basic bodies of literature of study and performance.

Video Lessons

Viola concerto commissioned for Interlochen Arts Academy Band

Interlochen leads consortium of national universities to produce first viola concerto by acclaimed composer James Syler.

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Renee Skerik

Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute

M.M., Viola Performance, University of Michigan; B.M., Viola Performance, Eastman School of Music