The Joesph dePasquale International Viola Institute takes place in Lawrenceville, NJ, 7 miles south of Princeton.
The FAME Festival which hosts the Institute is comprised of two weeks (July 25-31 & August 1-8). Participants can attend one or both weeks. Auditions are required and may be live or via videotape. Auditors need not audition, but must file the completed application and application fee. Last summer, there were students from 21 countries. Ages range from middle school through professional musicians and auditors of any age. They are placed in groups that are age and level appropriate.Week one is comprised of daily classes with Mr. dePasquale in technic and solo repertoire and audition preparation for college and orchestra auditions, including mock auditions. There is a Piano Institute and viola students are each assigned a collaborating pianist to work through the solo repertoire and participate in the Master Classes. Week two has 5 orchestras including a reading orchestra. Students have daily Master Classes with Mr. dePasquale and also orchestra rep. classes and sectional rehearsals with him.
Mr. dePasquale will also perform on the Festival's Artist Concert series in a full recital and as orchestral soloist (with Erick Friedman) in Mozart's Sinfonie Concertante. Other Institutes include, violin (Erick Friedman), cello (Marion Feldman), bass (Homer Mensch), flute (Julius Baker), oboe (John Mack), clarinet (Anthony Gigliotti), bassoon (Phillip Kolker), horn (Dale Clevenger & Alice Render), trumpet (Vincent Penzarella), trombone (Dee Stewart), tuba (Pasquale Landolfi), percussion (Robert Van Sice), piano (Igor Kipnis, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Donn-Alexandre Feder, & Elisha Gilgore), classical sax, Paul Cohen. The Chamber Music Institute (July 25-31) includes Artist Faculty members, Dr. Kenneth Sarch (Director), Michael Tree, Evan Drachman, and Dr. Angelin Chang.