Violin at Arts Academy

Why Study Violin at Interlochen

Brilliant and virtuosic, the modern violin is the fulfillment of centuries of tradition and innovation. At Interlochen Arts Academy, you'll refine your techniques and develop your voice as a solo and ensemble artist. Experiment with a variety of styles and fully grasp the melodic abilities of the violin. 

What You'll Learn

At our boarding school for violin, you'll have the best of all violin worlds: solo, chamber, and orchestral. You'll find an opportunity to dive deep into your main interests.

While private lessons will focus on your individual needs, our studio classes allow you to build a community with other violinists and artists. Our renowned faculty will help you focus on technique-building, performance abilities, and audition preparation. With so many opportunities to perform as an arts boarding school student, you'll be able to hone your interpretation skills and technical control.

How to Apply

Audition Requirements

Meet the Faculty

Interlochen Arts Academy students have access to some of the world's leading arts educators. Learn more about our violin faculty or browse our directory.

All Faculty

Tina Qu

Tina Chang Qu

Instructor of Violin

Ara Sarkissian

Ara Sarkissian

Instructor of Violin

Guest Artists

  • Charles Castleman, University of Miami and University of Rochester
  • Arnaud Ghillebaert, University of Oregon
  • Harumi Rhodes, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Simon James, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Drew Jurecka
  • Paul Kantor, Rice University
  • Yevgeny Kutik
  • Gabriel Pegis, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, University of Cincinnati
  • Alexander Sitkovetsky
  • Linda Wang, University of Denver

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

Violin students have multiple performance opportunities with our various ensembles. See our Explore Ensembles section below. We also showcase solo engagements and student recitals—as well as opportunities to play for Interlochen Public Radio.

Distinguished College and Conservatory Preparation

Along with Interlochen's Academic and College Counselors, our violin and music faculty will provide guidance in your college, conservatory, or career path. Our faculty have extensive experience as performers and educators and are here to help you decide the next step.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus with multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. Learn more about The Music Center.

Explore Ensembles


Assembled at the faculty's discretion, chamber music ensembles are offered as electives in the Music division. Each ensemble is coached by one of the Arts Academy's acclaimed instrumental faculty.



A recipient of the American Prize, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs an advanced repertoire that includes symphonies, concerti, contemporary works, and original compositions.


Wind Symphony

The American Prize-winning Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony presents a diverse and challenging repertoire in regular live, prerecorded, and public radio performances.


Popular Music

Named for iconic backing bands of the 21st century, the Popular Music Ensembles provide hands-on learning opportunities for aspiring contemporary musicians.


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I love Interlochen for the challenges that it presents to its students. All of the classes are demanding and the music is hard, but at the end of the concert cycle or at the end of the semester, you are left with a sense of accomplishment and pride at how far you have come, how much you have learned, and how the experience has changed you.

Lillian, Music

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College Matriculation

Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Rice University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University

Dive deeper into Interlochen Arts Academy with a free digital viewbook

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In our free informational booklet, you'll learn more about: 

  • Each of our seven arts areas 
  • Renowned faculty 
  • College-preparatory academics 
  • Student resources 
  • How to apply and financial aid information 
  • And more