The Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Academy program is a nationally known center for highly gifted pre-college musicians. Beginning in September 2011, the Academy will welcome six world-renowned viola instructors from the Cleveland Institute of Music to conduct master classes, chamber music coaching, seminars, and individual instruction. The residency will prepare students for conservatory study and for careers as professional violists. Instructors will include Robert Vernon, principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra (pictured at right); Lynne Ramsey, Mark Jackobs (you can read my interview with Mark here), and Stanley Konopka also of the Cleveland Orchestra; Kirsten Docter, violist of the Cavani String Quartet; and Jeffrey Irvine (pictured below), Kulas Professor of Viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Viola teacher at the Aspen Music Festival. The visiting artists will complement the work of the Academy’s faculty members Roland Vamos, Desiree Ruhstrat, and Marko Dreher.
As a CIM alumna, I’ve had the opportunity to work with each of these incredible instructors. This is an excellent opportunity for viola students in the Chicagoland area, and I would highly recommend auditioning for the Academy program. Auditions for the Academy take place Sunday, April 17 from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM and Friday, April 29 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at MIC’s Winnetka campus, Thoresen Performance Center, 300 Green Bay Rd. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact MIC Director of Strategic Initiatives Sue Polutnik at 847-905-1500 ext. 122.
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