Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

June 24 – July 5, 2019

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: $1025, Full Program Auditors: $550, 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: Danielle Belen, Ilya Kaler, Paul Kantor, I-Hao Lee, Violaine Melançon, Blair Milton, Gerardo Ribeiro and Lucie Robert.

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).
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. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume and repertoire list as well as all audition requirements for the performance offerings (see above).  There is no application fee.

Go to Summer Application

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.

The deadline for participant applications is April 16, 2019. The enrollment deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is June 1, 2019.  No payment refunds can be issued after this date.  Cancellations after the enrollment deadline will forfeit any payments made.

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 16 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 not yet available.  When it is, (expected about April 25) the link will be posted here: 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