Violin2Viola Workshop at the Baltimore Symphony Academy

This is a workshop designed for violinists and educators who are interested in learning more about viola; viola players who switched from violin long ago, but perhaps never had a strong foundation in viola; amateurs to professionals. The BSO Academy V2V weekend workshop is a learning opportunity for adult musicians ages 18 and above. In addition, there will also be additional violin sessions offered by BSO Concertmaster, Jonathan Carney and First Violinist, Holly Jenkins free of charge to V2V workshop participants or as a stand-alone experience for violinists who are not interested in studying viola. For teachers, many school employers will accept the workshop as professional development. Please check with your school administration.

Topics will include sessions such as Nuts and Bolts: Basic information about viola and how it differs from violin in terms of the instrument, accessories, technique, etc.; Technique Lab: Scales, vibrato, and basic tone production on the viola; Ensemble Playing: Overview of the Bach Minuets and other viola music; Viola Repertoire; Ask a Violist;

Concurrently, optional violin-related sessions including two violin workshops with BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and First Violinist Holly Jenkins will be included in this BSO Academy Workshop. Violinists who are not interested in the viola may register separately for these two sessions as well

Also included:
Complimentary tickets Saturday evening BSO concert
Marin Alsop conducts
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture
Rouse, Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3

Participants who do not own a viola may receive a free trial violas from our sponsor, Shar Music. Instructions will be given on how to have one shipped directly to you. At the end of the V2V workshop, you can elect to buy your viola or ship it back to Shar at no cost. Alternately, if you are traveling by air to the workshop, the viola can be shipped to Violin2Viola and we will bring it to you at the workshop.

All Violin2Viola workshops at the BSO Academy will take place at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland.

Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Schedule is tentative, subject to change:

​Saturday April 15


V2V Session 1: Nuts and Bolts


V2V Session 2: Technique Lab


Violin workshop with Jonathan Carney

Dinner on own

8pm Complimentary tickets Saturday evening BSO concert

Marin Alsop conducts
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture
Rouse, Symphony No. 6
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3

Sunday April 16

Violin Workshop with Holly Jenkins


V2V Session 3: Ensemble Playing


V2V Session 4: Viola Repertoire - "Ask a Violist"

How to sign up:
Click Here to apply for the Violin2Viola weekend workshop by March 15, 2023. After March 15, applications may be accepted if space allows.

How Much:

Full V2V experience including the Violin Sessions with Jonathan Carney and Holly Jenkins

$275 early bird special rate (before March 1)
$300 After March 1

Two Violin Sessions only with Jonathan Carney and Holly Jenkins


Register Here