June 28 - July 2, 2021

Jennifer Elowitch, Violin Faculty
Rebecca Reale, Violin Faculty
Ayano Ninomiya, Guest Masterclass

About the Program

Join Walnut Hill School for the Arts faculty, alumni and guest instructors for a week of intensive online violin study. The 2021 Virtual Violin Institute is an ideal program for intermediate and advanced students entering grades 7 through 10. All participants will have an opportunity to improve their playing in a supportive environment while making friends and gaining valuable new skills. Please note this is an online program and all events will take place remotely via ZOOM.

Tuition & Dates

2021 Dates & Times: Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2 - 1:00PM-4:00PM EST
Tuition: $599.00
Financial Awards & Assistance: Limited funds are available. Please contact program director for information

Program Highlights

  • Daily technique class
  • Creative exploration of various facets of violin playing
  • One private violin lesson during the week 
  • “Power Practice Skills” Workshop
  • Masterclass with Ayano Ninomiya of the New England Conservatory faculty

Repertoire Guidelines

Participating students should be studying repertoire at the level of Accolay or Viotti Concerti or higher.

Application and Audition Requirements

(Deadline May 10, 2021; Notification by May 25, 2021)

  • Submit online application below
  • Submit a video recording of one solo piece or movement of your choice via Slideroom
    ​​​​*Accompaniment is not required for the video and recording at home on your phone or other device is encouraged


Faculty Information

Violinist Jennifer Elowitch is Director of Music at Walnut Hill and a 2016 recipient of the E.E. Ford Faculty Award for Exceptional Merit. She is also Co-Founder of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Maine and served as its Artistic Director for twenty-five years. She is the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and plays often with the Boston Symphony. A noted teacher, she was a member of the faculties at the Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and the University of New Hampshire. She has also presented workshops and masterclasses at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute, and Lawrence University (WI), and served as a guest teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School in the U.K.

Violinist Rebecca Reale ‘11 is a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to joining the orchestra, she received her Bachelor of Music from Rice University as a student of Kathleen Winkler. After graduating from Rice, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony, where she was a winner of their Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the orchestra. She has also served as both Associate Principal Second Violin and Acting Principal Second Violin of the Houston Symphony.


Ayano Ninomiya -photo credit: Kate Lemmon

Photo Credit: Kate Lemmon

Winner of numerous prizes including the Walter Naumburg International Competition, Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, Young Performers Career Advancement, and Lili Boulanger awards, violinist Ayano Ninomiya (Guest Masterclass) has performed with orchestras across the U.S., Switzerland, Bulgaria, and most recently in Carnegie Hall. Praised for her "deeply communicative and engrossing" (The New York Times) performances, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Moab, Bowdoin, Kingston, Adams (New Zealand), Canberra International (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England) festivals. She has been featured on Musicians from Marlboro tours in the U.S. and France, and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 at the University of Tokyo. She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet and was Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until 2015 when she joined the violin faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. As a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest, Hungary, at the Liszt Academy after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. In her spare time, she loves to paint and practice Aikido.

Questions & Information

Jennifer Elowitch
Director of Music and Summer Virtual Violin Institute
Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School for the Arts reserves the right to cancel a course that fails to meet the required minimum enrollment. All payments are due in full at the time of registration and non-refundable. Refunds will only be issued in the event of program cancellation due to low enrollment.