Arts Academy Boarding High School: Violin Major

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

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

The violin major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

Emphasis on scales and arpeggios: Flesch or Galamian systems preferred.  Goal: proficiency in three and four octaves (all keys) with arpeggios: double-stops for advanced students.  We consider etudes paramount to technical growth and progress from Mazas through Gavinies and Paganini.  Solo literature includes repertoire from all periods.  Concerti: from Accolay through Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Vieuxtemps; Concert works: Kreisler, Sarasate, etc.; Sonatas: Baroque through Contemporary.

Text/Materials Needed:

Determined by the faculty tailored to the individual student.


Ara Sarkissian

Orchestra Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute 

M.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; B.M., Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Paul Sonner

Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy
Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute

B.M., Violin Performance, Northwestern University