All-State Orchestra Prep Workshop

This workshop for violin, viola, cello, bass and harp* will help high school string players prepare for the 2018 Virginia All-State audition. With the help of the VCU String faculty, participants will hone their skills and build their confidence through a variety of hands-on activities.


Sunday, February 18, 2018
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


The workshop will be held at the James W. Black Music Center, 1015 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA, 23220. Parents may drop off students or stay and observe. Parking is available on the street, although you should allow some time to find a parking spot. Parking is unrestricted on the weekends in the Fan.


Fee: $45 in advance; after Feb. 11, $55

Event Details

Activities include:

  • scale boot camp
  • sight-reading training
  • orchestra excerpt sessions
  • etude workshop
  • mock auditions with written comments

Looking for music?
VA All-State Audition requirements (scales, etude and orchestral excerpts) are posted on the VBODA website when they become available.
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About the VCU String Faculty
VCU faculty members are professional musicians who currently perform with the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, Classical Revolution and more. They have countless years of experience playing in professional orchestras and preparing successfully for auditions.

Violin: Susanna KleinSimon Lapointe
Viola: Molly SharpStephen Schmidt
Cello: Dana McComb
Bass: Kelly Ali
Harp*: Colleen Potter Thorburn

Where to Register

Registration here!

Special Notes

*Harpists must bring their own instruments.