Come to Watkins Glen in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York for a unique week of lessons, lectures and workshops with Sophie Till.

Sophie and her family welcome up to 7 string players to join them for a week (professionals, and advanced students welcome). In addition to daily lecture series and workshops, participants will receive a minimum of four hour-long lessons and masterclass/performance opportunities.

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What you’ll get

  • Two lecture series designed around the participants’ specific needs, focusing on relevant topics.

  • Workshops addressing problem passages, short questions and repertoire excerpts (from the orchestral/solo/chamber music literature).

  • Masterclass/performance opportunities addressing musical issues.

  • Four individual lessons.

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Tailor-make your week

You can make the week anything you want, from intensive study, to a combination of work and enjoying the NY Finger Lakes region. There are many different accommodation options; sharing a summer rental house, Airbnb, local host families and even camping in the yard! Sophie is happy to help you organize your accommodation. For more general information.

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Meals and accommodation

Participants will receive lunch and tea daily and dinner on three nights. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation.


Cost of symposium $1020. Deposit of $400 due May 1, remainder due on arrival July 6. Contact Sophie for more information: sophietillviolin@gmail.com.

About Sophie’s work: Sophie’s teaching is well known for solving both playing-related injuries and playing limitations, while enabling players to reach new levels of virtuosity and expressivity. Her highly developed pedagogy is based on the conceptual and physical knowledge that underlies a natural technique.