Area of Study: Strings

Violin at YSM

The violin program at the Yale School of Music offers an individual approach, as faculty members encourage their students to become their own best teachers, first through explanation and demonstration and eventually through critical self-awareness. The School aims to offer a collaborative, non-competitive environment, in which violin students support one another. 

There are three violin studios, each with approximately 12 students. Weekly studio seminars focus on a range of topics, from technical issues such as vibrato or bowing to discussions of how to lead in a string quartet and strategies for managing practice time in a demanding schedule. Beyond their regular lessons with their principal teacher, students are encouraged to play repertoire for other teachers.

Violin students perform in chamber music group and in various ensembles on the New Music New Haven concert series, in addition to gaining orchestral experience as members of the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia. 

Faculty Spotlight

Ani Kavafian
Professor in the Practice of Violin

Ani Kavafian

Faculty violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.

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.

B.A./M.M.

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.
Violin Faculty
Photo of Syoko Aki.

Syoko Aki

Professor in the Practice of Violin, Yale School of Music
Hyo Kang

Hyo Kang

Professor Adjunct of Violin, Yale School of Music
Ani Kavafian

Ani Kavafian

Professor in the Practice of Violin, Yale School of Music
Wendy Sharp

Wendy Sharp

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Violin, Yale School of Music
Director, Chamber Music, Yale School of Music
Kyung Yu

Kyung Yu

Lecturer in Violin, Yale School of Music
Studying violin here let me immerse myself in the technical necessities of the instrument.
Matthew Woodard, violin, ’19MM