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Tarisio Matching Grant Program: awards up to $10,000 (£6,000) of matching funds to one winning applicant for each Tarisio auction of fine instruments and bows. Open to string players aged under 30 who are currently enrolled in or graduates of a music performance degree program.




Johansen International Competition: Young string players ages 13-17 are invited to compete for $66,000 in prize money in the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, which will be held March 21-24, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Washington International Competition will take place in Washington DC from June 8-10, 2012. Violists between the ages of 18 and 28, who are ready to take the next step towards establishing a professional career but are not yet under management, are encouraged to apply. First prize: $8000. Finalists will have the opportunity to play at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.
Aronoff Music Festival, a unique summer retreat of inspiration, refreshment and new ideas for Violists age 14 through adult. Check website for festival dates and other events throughout the year.
5th Annual Viola Celebration to be held October 22-23, 2011 on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
Aronoff Music Festival, June 29 – July 3, 2008. A unique musical experience of inspiration, refreshment and new ideas for Violists (age 14+), Violinists and Cellists (age 18+).
Interlochen’s Viola Institute, a one-week program, to be held starting June 16, 2007 for violists ages 14-25.
Aronoff Music Festival, June 25-29, 2006. A unique musical experience of inspiration, refreshment and new ideas for Violists (age 14+), Violinists and Cellists (age 18+).
Royal Northern College of Music (in Manchester, UK) is holding a public Viola Day on Sunday, 19 June 2005, which will include maker’s stalls, masterclasses, workshops, performances and some mass viola playing.
XXXIV International Viola Congress held in Montreal, Canada, June 7 – 11, 2006.
XXXIII International Viola Congress was in Reykjavik, Iceland, June 2 – 5, 2005.
Orchestral Audition Training Workshop (age 18 – professional) at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY, May 21-28, 2005. Viola faculty: Boston Symphony Orchestra violist Ronald Wilkison and former Boston Symphony assistant principal Patricia McCarty.
2005 Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition was held on May 8, 2005. Here is the repertoire list in MS Word format.
XXXII International Viola Congress was held June 9-13, 2004 on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
2005 Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition – April 23, 2005
Max Aronoff Viola Institute, June 29-July 3, 2003. A unique musical experience of inspiration, refreshment and new ideas for Violists (age 14+), Violinists and Cellists (age 18+).
XXXI International Viola Congress, June 10-13, 2003.
Annual SCVS Mini Congress, May 24-25 at Cal State Long Beach University, Gerald R Daniel Hall, May 18-19, 2003.
2003 Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, May 18-19, 2003.
A live television and radio broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring guest violist, Helen Callus on March 9, 2003, 9:30 AM. at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Utah Viola Society “ViolaFest” at Brigham Young University: March 8, 2003, 9:30 AM-5 PM. Master class by Helen Callus, many other activities also planned.
The 2003 Primrose Memorial Concert, featuring Helen Callus from the University of Washington, will take place on Friday, March 7, 7:30 PM in the Madsen Recital Hall at Brigham Young University.
ViolaFest 2002 presented by SCVS on October 20 at 4 pm.
Info on viola scholarship to study with Robert Turrell at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Academy
XXX International Viola Congress will be held June 19-23, 2002 in Seattle, WA.
Karen Tuttle’s Coordination Workshop – June 7-9, 2002
Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition – March 23, 2002 – Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
PIVA Opening held on March 1, 2002
Central Conservatory of Music Viola Competition in Beijing, November 6-11, 2001
Viola Festival – Lionel Tertis 125th Anniversary (1876 -1975) from 31 October to 2 November, 2001 at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Max Aronoff Viola Institute, June 25-30, 2001
International Primrose Competition 2001
XXIX Viola Congress, 2001 will be hosted in Wellington, New Zealand, April 8-12, 2001.
Scott Lee’s Debut with the American Youth Symphony is at 8:00 pm, Sunday, April 8, 2001. Admission is free.
Violafest in Utah, March 7-11, 2001
The 10th Anniversary Casals Hall Viola Space 2001, January 2001.
Munich Competition, Sept 7 – 15, 2000
Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and Workshop, 2000 was hosted 19-26 August 2000. (old link)
XVIII Viola Congress, 2000 was hosted 4-8 August 2000 at Linkoeping, Sweden.
Maurice Vieux Concours International d’Alto, Spring 2000
First Viola Competition in China was held at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, July 9-14, 2000.
Chicago Viola Society’s 2000 Solo Contest: January 22, 2000
Viola Fest, Nov. 19-21, 1999 at Penn State University
Paul Coletti’s Recital, Oct. 24, 1999 at Mannes College
14th German Violists’ Congress at Celle, October 15 to 17, 1999
Karen Ritscher’s Recital, Oct. 10, 1999 at Mannes College. Program includes TURINA, BRAHMS, and an ensemble including Jens Nygaard.
Joseph de Pasquale Viola Institute, July 25-August 8, ’99 at the International FAME Festival in New Jersey
Max Aronoff Viola Institute, June 27 to July 2, 1999
International Viola Congress, June 9 – 12, ’99
Primrose Competition, ’99 (Winners listed on the page)
Nokuthula’s “homecoming” recital, Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, April 11, 1999
Concours national des jeunes Altistes (National Competition for Young Violists, France), February 5 & 7, 1999
Chicago Viola Society’s 1999 Solo Contest: January 9, 1999
Scott Lee’s New York Debut, Thursday, October 29, 1998; 7:30 p.m.
First International Viola Competition in Vienna, September 7-12, 1998
The de Veritch Institute of Viola Studies: VIOLA CAMP, August 1-11, ’98
International Viola Congress, ’98
Viola-Fest, June 26-27, ’98: featuring Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian and Tabea Zimmermann
Arizona Viola Festival: March 27-28, 1998
Chicago Viola Society’s 1998 Solo Contest Winners, March 15, 1998
3rd International Viola Competition in Moscow, 1997
International Viola Congress, ’97 held at University of Texas at Austin

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