Brancaleoni International Music Festival
July 22, 2018 - August 05, 2018
Piobbico,  Italy

Now recruiting violists for an incredible two weeks of lessons and chamber music in a castle in Italy this summer! Come join me (Violist Caroline Coade, 3rd Chair Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Michigan) and a stellar string and piano faculty from July 22-August 5 for two intensive weeks of chamber music, private lessons, Master Classes, and performing in a 13th century castle in Italy. The Brancaleoni International Music Festival is in the quaint town of Piobbico, Italy just two hours east of Florence. Imagine soaking-up Italian culture, being inspired by a collaborative faculty, performing chamber music in the Brancaleoni Castle, and being with other talented college and graduate-level string players and pianists in this intimate setting. What a unique experience this is! This is the first year for violists to join this three year old international festival.

Karen Tuttle Workshop at the Master Players Festival & School
July 24, 2018 - August 05, 2018
Newark, DE United States

​Master Players Festival viola professors Sheila Browne and Susan Dubois will be teaching Karen Tuttle Viola Seminar classes throughout the Master Players Festival held at the University of Delaware. Famed violist and pedagogue Karen Tuttle (Juilliard, Curtis, Aspen, Banff) has taught generations of well-known viola professors and performers from around the world. Her holistic, healthy approach to playing is termed Coordination. This includes balancing the instrument, stance, and body awareness, leading to ease and comfort, resulting in a beautiful, resonant sound, more facile technique, expressive playing, reduced stage fright, reduced excess tension, and more. Presented by the acclaimed University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series and sponsored by China Music Foundation (USA), Master Players Festival & School (MPF) is held at the University of Delaware. An intensive 12-day international festival, MPF offers world-class concerts, competitions, and exceptional interdisciplinary training to musicians ages 14 and up. * Young orchestral musicians, pianists, vocalists, and conductors will work with some of the most prominent professional musicians of our time, watch them perform, and even share the stage with some of them. Participants will be able to network with many leading music professors from major institutions. In addition, participants will learn from these aspiring professionals during private lessons, chamber music coaching, and orchestral studies. Application Deadline: February 15, 2018. To learn more information about the Master Players Festival & School, please visit our website,

Viola Visitors Day
September 15, 2018
Fort Worth, TX United States

A fun day of viola activities from individual lessons/consultations to ensemble readings to All-State master class. Pizza dinner and campus tour will conclude the event. Registration is only $10 per participant! Contact Dr. Misha Galaganov at or Charlene Smith at for information and pre-registration.