Participants in the 2015 Starling-Delay Symposium (photo by Hiroyuki Ito)


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The next Symposium will take Tuesday, May 28 – Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies is dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher, Dorothy DeLay. The Symposium takes place at The Juilliard School and features world-renowned artist-faculty teaching pedagogy and master classes and performing in recitals.

The 2019 Artist-Faculty will be announced shortly.
2017 Artist-Faculty included:

  • Master classes: Shmuel Ashkenasi, Stephanie Chase, Paul Kantor, Joan Kwuon, and Don Weilerstein
  • Pedagogy classes: Susan Crook, Nicholas Kitchen, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Brian Lewis
  • Recitalists: Areta Zhulla and Sirena Huang
  • Special Presentations: 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) 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.

2019 Deadlines and Fees

The 2019 symposium will be accepting applications for participants and student artists through an online application beginning in late Fall 2018.

  • Participants: Application deadline is in April 2019. More details, including application fee, will be announced in late Fall 2018.
  • Student artists: Application deadline is in March 2019. More details, including application fee, will be announced in late Fall 2018.

Notification of Acceptance:

  • Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis, beginning February 2019.
  • Student artist applications will be reviewed in March 2019 and will be notified of acceptance no later than April 1, 2019.

2019 participant tuition: to be determined. (Includes admission to all classes and recitals.) 2017 tuition was $465.
2019 student artist tuition: None. There is no tuition fee for Student Artists.

2019 Housing fees (Optional - participants may choose to arrange their own housing): to be determined.
2017 housing fees were single room: $500 /double room: $400.

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A master class at the 2015 Starling-DeLay Symposium

Contact Us

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 Juilliard School will make reasonable accommodations for students, guests, and community members with qualified disabilities. If you need to request a disability-related accommodation, please notify the Office of Academic Support and Disability Services as soon as possible (but ideally no later than 2-3 weeks prior to your arrival on campus) to ensure timely accommodation.

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.