Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

June 22 – July 3, 2020

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.

Classes take place on the Evanston Campus on stage at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
MTWThFS 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Times may differ slightly on different days. See schedule.
Participant tuition: $1075, Full Program Auditors: $560, Day Auditors (2 sessions): $60, Per Session Auditors: $30 (non-credit)

MUSIC 330-0-03 Performance Practicum 0 – 1.0 credit (additional charge to register for credit)
MUSIC 430-0-03 Materials, Performance Practice and Pedagogy 0 – 1.0 credit

Faculty for this year’s institute: Mauricio Fuks, Ilya Kaler, Paul Kantor, I-Hao Lee, Violaine Melançon, Blair Milton, Gerardo Ribeiro.

Audition Requirements

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. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume as well as all audition requirements for the performance offerings.

The application deadline is April 13, 2020. Payments of full tuition must be received no later than May 29, 2020. Upon acceptance. No refunds for cancellation after this date. Cancellations after the enrollment deadline will forfeit any payments made.

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

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.

Please note: Applications are reviewed and acceptance notices will be sent out on a rolling basis beginning February 1. Enrollment may fill before the April 13 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For more information contact Office of Music Admission at 847-491-3141 or

Auditors are encouraged to register.

Information on housing during the summer at Northwestern is now available.  To reserve space and register, please visit the Summer Session Housing web page.

For more information contact the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Office of Admission at (847) 491-3141 or