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


The next Symposium will take place May 30 - June 3, 2017.

The ninth 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.

2017 Artist-Faculty

Master classes: Shmuel Ashkenasi, Stephanie Chase, Paul Kantor, Joan Kwuon & 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.

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A master class at the 2015 Starling-DeLay Symposium

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.

Participants: April 15, 2017; $50 (non-refundable; payable by credit card through
Student Artists: March 15, 2017; $75 (non-refundable; payable by credit card through

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.

2017 Participant tuition: $465. (Includes admission to all classes and recitals.)
2017 Student Artist tution: None. There is no tuition fee for Student Artists.

2017 Housing fees (Optional - participants may choose to arrange their own housing):

Single room: $500. very limited quantity available!
Double room: $400.
These rates cover a 5-night stay with check-on on Monday, May 29 and check-out on Saturday, June 3. Those requesting a Sunday, June 4 departure will incur an additional charge.

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

Contact Us

For more information please call, write, or e-mail:
Tel.: (212) 799-5000, ext. 7161

The Juilliard School
Starling-DeLay Symposium Office
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6590

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.