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The Steven Palincsar Violin Studio provides unusually gifted pre-college aged students with professional-level training in classical violin. Students must be enrolled in a public or private school for academic study, and violin training continues through high school. Admission is based on the results of an audition and an interview (with both the student and parents). One parent is required to attend each private violin lesson and, if applicable, each weekly studio class. Formal application for admission must be made on forms furnished by the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio available by emailing the studio.

The Steven Palincsar Violin Studio curriculum provides one or two one-hour weekly lessons in private studio instruction in classical violin with nationally-known violinist and teacher Steven Palincsar, and from October through May, a weekly two-hour Studio Master Class for advanced students which is available by invitation only.

In addition, through Midwest Young Artists, students attend weekly classes in music theory, participate in chamber music classes, and play in one of the Midwest Young Artists orchestras.

It is expected that students will also participate in their school orchestras as well. However, with the exception of the school orchestra and Midwest Young Artists ensembles, students of the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio may not participate in any other outside musical activity including other orchestras, auditions, competitions, recitals, or performances without the advance knowledge and permission of the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio.

Students in the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio who complete two years of continuous study are eligible to receive a Two-Year Certificate from the Music Teachers National Association.

When a student is accepted into the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio, it is expected that he/she will attend promptly and regularly all lessons and studio classes, as well as all classes and rehearsals at Midwest Young Artists. Permission to be absent from any appointment must be obtained from either the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio and/or from Midwest Young Artists at least one full day in advance except in great emergencies. Students missing three private lessons or studio classes in any one academic year may be dropped from the studio roster with no refund or credit provided. Students are reminded that only one missed private lesson will be made up per semester, and only during the semesterís official make-up week.

Admission to the Steven Palincsar Violin Studio is based mainly on the results of a competitive performance examination in violin and on an interview with both the prospective student and his/her parents.

Applications from beginners who have had no previous training on the violin will not be accepted.

The following are minimum audition requirements, but applicants may offer more difficult works if desired. While the choice of composition is important, performance carries greater weight. Appropriate accompaniments should be provided by the applicant. All compositions must be performed from memory.

Students up to eleven years of age shall play:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves in fluent tempo.
  2. An etude at least on the level of Wohlfahrt, Kayser, Mazas, or Dont.
  3. A slow and fast movement of a Baroque or Classic concerto or sonata by a composer such as Bach, Corelli, Eccles, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Tartini, Veracini, or Vivaldi.
  4. A solo piece for violin and piano.

Students age eleven and older shall play:

  1. All major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with various bowings in fluent tempo.
  2. Two etudes of Kreutzer, Rode, or Fiorillo, or more difficult etudes at the discretion of the applicant.
  3. Any one movement from the J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin.
  4. A fast and slow movement from any violin concerto in the standard repertory by a composer such as Bach, Beethoven, Bruch, Haydn, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Paganini, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, or Wieniawski, etc.
  5. A solo piece for violin and piano.


I try to guide students so they grasp a concept properly; but no two people are alike, no two sets of fingerprints are alike. This is why I believe that teaching has to be designed for the individual at any given moment.

Josef Gingold