The Violin Studio at Texas Christian University is a talented, supportive group of students who come from all over the United States and abroad to study under the guidance of Dr. Elisabeth Adkins, who joined the TCU faculty in 2014 after serving as Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra for over three decades.
The violin studio consists of Doctorate, Masters, Artist Diploma, and Bachelors degree students.
At TCU, violin students regularly take part in the following activities:
Weekly private lessons: Violin lessons at TCU provide a personalized training on a one-to-one basis adapted to each student’s needs. During lessons, students work on the various aspects of the violin technique; and learn violin concertos, sonatas, and concert pieces, as well as the most frequently required violin excerpts at orchestral and festival auditions.
Weekly studio class: Studio classes are designed to provide weekly performance opportunities for students in a comfortable, yet challenging setting. It is also a good place to develop critical listening skills, as students are often asked to provide constructive feedback for their colleagues.
Solo Recitals: Violin students regularly perform recitals in venues on and off campus, and have the privilege of working with renowned pianist Edward Newman for many of their performances. Recital requirements per degree are:
– 2 recitals for BM students
– 1 recital for BME students
– 2 recitals for MM students
– 3 recitals for DMA students
– 4 recitals for Artist Diploma students
– Additional studio recitals are regularly scheduled
Orchestral excerpt classes and mock auditions led by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Michael Shih.
Masterclasses led by visiting world-class artists: Recent visitors include Olga Kaler, Eddie Marcano, Jennifer Dalmas, Stephanie Phillips, Julia Bushkova, and Carmelo de los Santos. Under partnerships with performing arts organizations in the DFW area, TCU violin students have also had the opportunity to play for renowned musicians such as James Ehnes.
Chamber Music Coachings and masterclasses: Classes are led by TCU faculty and guest artists.
TCU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition: Annual concerto competition offered to musicians in the TCU music schools.
Listening Opportunities: In addition to the events organized by the TCU School of Music, TCU students enjoy the rare opportunity of attending world-class performances offered by many organizations in the DFW area, often at a discounted price. Performing arts organizations in our community include Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Cliburn Concerts, Dallas Chamber Music Society, and many more.
TCU Symphony Orchestra: Students in the orchestra learn and perform great orchestral works under the direction of Dr. Germán Gutiérrez and guest conductors. Recent performances include a Bernstein Celebration concert at the Bass Performance Hall, as well as a concert as the invited ensemble at the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) annual convention in San Antonio.
Collegium Musicum TCU: A small ensemble devoted to historically informed performance of Baroque music. TCU violin students have the unique chance to perform on baroque instruments and are often featured as soloists.
New Music Ensemble: Student chamber music ensembles devoted to perform recently composed works, including first performances of works written by TCU faculty, students, and alumni.