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.
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.
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.