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UT Viola Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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We love it when your register early! It allows us to plan better; to this end we encourage you to register by September 18 by giving you a price break on the registration fee. The fee will go up after September 18, so make sure to register early to get the best deal!

No. Chamber groups will rehearse and coach both Saturday and Sunday and then perform on the Sunday concert. If you wish to play in a chamber group, you should register as a full participant.

Make sure to follow the link to pay your registration fee at the UT School of Music store. Once you’ve completed your registration and paid, you are set! You will receive further email with information as follows:

If participating in a Viola Chamber Ensemble, your music will be sent directly to you by October 1.

Master Class assignments will be made as soon as possible. You will be contacted directly with pertinent information if applicable.

An e-mail packet with a detailed schedule, All-Viola Ensemble parts and more information will be sent in mid-October.

No. With the focus on Viola Chamber Ensembles for all this year, we decided to keep the event without a competitive element. We know there are those of you who love the competition and plan to bring it back next year!

A Master Class is a public lesson. The student will first perform a movement for the Master Teacher and audience. After the performance, the teacher will work with the student on ways to improve. These events allow for everyone in attendance to learn from the Master Teacher as well as the performing student to get first-hand information from a new source.

Yes! All master classes are open to registered participants to observe. The class fee is only required of those performing for the master teacher individually.

Master Classes are assigned according to a number of criteria including age, ability, repertoire, date of registration and previous Viola Celebration assignments. Every effort is made to allow those interested in playing for a master class the opportunity to do so, as well as to honor the request for the level of class. However, as space is limited, it is possible that you will not receive the level of class requested or be wait-listed for a master class spot. Early registration is the best way to assure your spot!

No. It is encouraged that you use a pianist unless you will perform an unaccompanied work. However, it is not required that you use a pianist for an accompanied piece.

Typically, the piano scores for the Advanced Master Classes are much more difficult and will require more personal study time by the pianist and more rehearsal time for the student and pianist together. The pricing for the pianists reflects this difference.

The Advanced Master Class pianist fee is $55. This will include a 30-minute rehearsal time prior to your master class.

For those playing in the Introductory Master Class, the pianist fee is $20. This will include a short 5-10 minute run-through prior to the class.

Rehearsals will be scheduled on an individual basis as soon as pianists are assigned. These will typically be in the mornings between 8-10, during lunch breaks and on Saturday after 4pm. A few students might be requested to rehearse on Friday evening, depending on availability. You will be contacted directly with your rehearsal time.

Yes, you can! Please indicate this on your registration form.

Yes! The Viola Celebration is a great way to inspire your beginning violist by surrounding them with violists of all ages and abilities. There are activities to include every level of violist through the weekend.

The Viola Celebration Website has a list of area hotels and restaurants. If driving or renting a car while in Knoxville, discount sites such as Kayak.com are recommended to find the best price on a hotel. It is recommended that you rent a car while in Knoxville, or book one of the hotels listed as within walking distance to UT on the Viola Celebration website. The UT Viola Celebration Staff are not able pick you up at the airport or book your room for you.

The concert is purposely scheduled early on Sunday to allow for those driving to leave before it gets too late. The concert should be over by 5pm. Please plan on staying for the concert as the ensemble sections have been balanced and anyone leaving early will be disruptive to the quality of the performance.

The scroll is from an instrument made by Mark Jennings, based upon a viola made by Andrea Guarneri C1696. Mark Jennings is a violin, viola & cello maker in Cornwall, England. www.jenningsviolins.com

If you have a question not answered on this website, please e-mail violacelebration@utk.edu. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Make sure to follow the link to pay your registration fee at the UT School of Music store. Once you’ve completed your registration and paid, you are set! You will receive further email with information as follows:

If participating in a Viola Chamber Ensemble, your music will be sent directly to you by October 1.

Master Class assignments will be made as soon as possible. You will be contacted directly with pertinent information if applicable. An e-mail packet with a detailed schedule, All-Viola Ensemble parts and more information will be sent in mid-October.


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