Area of study: strings

Viola at YSM

The viola program at the Yale School of Music stresses the overriding importance of musical language as well as technical mastery of the instrument, all within a collaborative and supportive environment. The search for beauty in performance is the ultimate goal; the production of an expressive sound and an acute awareness of phrasing in interpretation are also constantly kept in mind. Students are encouraged to explore a broad variety of repertoire, including contemporary music. Weekly studio seminars focus on a range of topics, from specific technical issues to more general discussions.

All violists participate in chamber music, an integral part of the Yale School of Music experience. Students also play in various ensembles in the New Music New Haven concert series, and in the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, which offers the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire under the leadership of acclaimed guest conductors.

faculty spotlight

Ettore Causa
Associate Professor Adjunct of Viola

Ettore Causa

Faculty violist Ettore Causa has been praised for his exceptional artistry, intelligence, and complete musicianship.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.