Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies


The next Symposium will take place in May 2017.

The eighth Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies was dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher, Dorothy DeLay. The Symposium took place at The Juilliard School in May 2015 and featured world-renowned artist-faculty teaching pedagogy and master classes, and performing in recitals.

2015 Artist-Faculty
Master classes: Sarah Chang, Ronald Copes, Daniel Heifetz, Paul Kantor, Giora Schmidt, and Laurie Smukler

Pedagogy classes:
Brian Lewis: Tone Production: Information Through Sound and Teaching Versatility: The Music of Fritz Kreisler
James Stern: Interpreting Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Putting the Arc in Arco
Kurt Sassmannshaus: Teaching left hand basics: Vibrato, finger action, and shifting and Teaching right hand basics: Spiccato, Sautillé, Collé, Martelé, Staccato

Recitalists: Ani & Ida Kavafian with Jonathan Feldman; Sean Lee with Peter Dugan

Special Presentations:
Benjamin Ramirez: Great Violinists in Analysis - a close look at films and photographs
Panel Discussion with the Student Artists, moderated by Brian Lewis

General Information

Participation is offered at one of two levels: Participant or Student Artist

Participants accepted to the Symposium observe all master classes, attend recitals and participate in workshops designed to help teachers refine their pedagogical skills. Participants may bring their instruments for use in pedagogy sessions. Preference is given to participants who are professional violinists, teachers, post-graduate and college students. High school-age (and younger) participants may be admitted to all sessions on a space-available basis, but only as observers in technique and pedagogy sessions.

Student Artists are selected as performing students for the Symposium. Up to 10 violinists are accepted as Student Artists to perform in public master classes for the Artist-Faculty. In addition to performing twice in master classes for two different teachers, Student Artists are featured in public performance on selected evening recitals in Paul Hall. Student Artists may also observe other activities throughout the Symposium as time allows. There is no tuition fee for Student Artists.

To audition for the Student Artists program, applicants must submit:

1) Two letters of recommendation; one must be from the applicant's current primary teacher;
2) Audio-only or video audition consisting of the following repertoire:

  • one movement from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by Bach
  • a movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire
  • one Paganini caprice
  • one virtuosic show piece (by Sarasate, Wieniawski, Kreisler, etc.).

Submitted recordings should be recent and unedited. Preference is given to students currently enrolled in a pre-college, Bachelor's or Master's degree program.

Housing and Meals

Limited housing for Student Artists and Participants age 18 and over is available in Juilliard's Meredith Willson Residence Hall, which is located next to the School. Student Artists younger than 18 must room with a parent. Guests may check-in as early as Monday morning and must check-out no later than Sunday morning. No meal plan is provided during the Symposium, but food is available on campus at the Juilliard Cafeteria and at numerous restaurants in the Lincoln Center area.

2017 Deadlines and Fees

The 2017 Symposium will be accepting applications for Participants and Student Artists through an online application beginning in Fall 2016.

Application deadlines: To be announced

2015 Participant application fee: $50 (non-refundable; payable by credit card through Acceptd.com)
2015 Student Artist application fee: $75 (non-refundable' payable by credit card through Acceptd.com)

Notification of Acceptance:
Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis, beginning February 2017.
Student Artist applications will be reviewed in March 2017, and will be notified of acceptance no later than April 1, 2017.

2015 Participant tuition: $450. (Includes admission to all classes and recitals.)
2015 Student Artist tution: None. There is no tuition fee for Student Artists.

2015 Housing fees (Optional - participants may choose to arrange their own housing):

Single room: $550. very limited quantity available!
Double room: $460.

All tuition and housing payments must be made in U.S. Dollars. Make checks payable to The Juilliard School.

For more information please call, write, or e-mail:
The Juilliard School
Starling-DeLay Symposium Office
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6590
Tel.: (212) 799-5000, ext. 7161

The biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium, dedicated to the art of violin teaching and performance, is hosted by The Juilliard School as part of the Starling-DeLay Symposium of Violin Studies, and made possible by the generous support of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.



The 2015 Symposium will be accepting applications for Participants and Student Artists through an online application. Click here to apply.


The 2015 Symposium will be accepting applications for Participants and Student Artists through an online application. Click here to apply.