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.

Recent guest artists

  • Lila Brown — Boston Conservatory
  • Caroline Coade — University of Michigan
  • Arnaud Ghillebaert — University of Oregon
  • Elias Goldstein — Louisiana State University
  • Hillary Herndon — University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • David Holland — Interlochen Arts Academy (retired)
  • Jeffrey Irvine — Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Dmitri Murrath — San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Masumi Rostad — Eastman School of Music
  • Yizhak Schotten — University of Michigan
  • Phil Ying — Eastman School of Music

Student accomplishments

Recent Arts Academy graduates have received accolades including:

    • Alyssa Warcup (2018) — YoungArts winner; finalist, American Viola Society Competition
    • Joseph Skerik (2018) — YoungArts winner; second prize, American Viola Society Competition; New York String Orchestra Seminar
    • Amelia Abouljoud (2018) — National Youth Orchestra
    • Sydney Whipple (2018) — Finalist, American Viola Society Competition

Interlochen Arts Academy viola graduates have matriculated to conservatories and universities including:

      • Cleveland Institute of Music
      • Eastman School of Music
      • The Juilliard School
      • The University of Southern California
      • The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University
      • Manhattan School of Music
      • Oberlin Conservatory
      • University of Miami
      • University of Michigan
      • Southern Methodist University

Interlochen Arts Academy viola students have attended summer programs including:

    • Bowdoin Music Festival
    • Castleman Quartet Program
    • Heifetz Institute
    • Montecito International Music Festival
    • Perlman Music Program

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