Update: June 30

Bravo to all performers! A great first week at SVI and tomorrow is a well-deserved day off.  Please take care not to be outside too much in the heat. Drink plenty of water – really important to stay hydrated!

– Class begins at 8:30 on Monday, since Mr. Kantor returns to Aspen later in the day.

Joe Bein, from Bein and Fushi will come to SVI to talk about great violins and to show us a few instruments. Don’t miss it.

– the recital on Monday evening will be in McClintock Hall in the main music building. Warm-up rooms will be available adjacent to the hall.

Update: June 24

Welcome to Evanston and to Northwestern University. I hope that you all had good travels on your way to begin our classes tomorrow.

Check-in begins at 9:30 am, but you are invited to come at 9:15 for some light pastries, fruit juices and coffee. We will have a few minutes for introductions and to outline the way the workshop will run before the class begins at 10 am.

Key cards for building access will be distributed at that time, although the music building next door (Regenstein) will be unlocked beginning around 8 am.

Classes will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Please type in 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL to Google maps. We will be using the stage entrance on the south east corner of the building, marked with an ‘X’ on this diagram.

Updates to the daily schedule will be posted on so please check this regularly.

Please consider the repertoire suggestions below as you prepare to attend the SVI. Having several pieces that are already well prepared will give you the flexibility to play different pieces for different teachers.

This is a list of the music that will be presented at SVI this summer.

When you have decided on what you will play while you are here, please email me your list: This information is necessary in preparing the daily schedule.

If you find that you are not able to attend the workshop, please contact me to let me know.

Repertoire recommendation:
Bring several works (3-4)  that you already know well. The idea is to bring music that you have already learned, not works-in-progress. You will get the most out of the classes by bringing your most prepared works. You may also include orchestra excerpts.


  • concerto
  • sonata with piano
  • virtuoso piece
  • Bach
  • Ysaye
  • caprice – Paganini, Wieniawski, Beriot
  • orchestra excerpts

Important: When you have decided on what you will play while you are here, please email me your list:

Check out the FAQ page for useful information.