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PCVP performs at Peabody, November, 2013

Pre-Conservatory Violin Program (PCVP)

Rebecca Henry, Director

The Pre-Conservatory Violin Program supports and challenges the most advanced, serious, and gifted violinists at the Preparatory. Young artists in this program are playing at the advanced level and display the artistic potential to pursue a performance career in music. All members take individual instruction with Peabody faculty.


Auditions are held once each year in late August. There are no auditions for the spring semester.

2016-2017 Auditions: Friday August 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm in Leith Symington Griswold Hall at The Peabody Institute Downtown.

Application Deadline: August 15

Click here for Audition Procedures and Requirements

PCVP students must register for either 60 or 90 minutes of individual instruction (please see the online course catalog for registration and tuition information), the Performance Academy Chamber Music (PP.200.013 01–Saturday, 8:30-10:30 am), and/or the Peabody Youth Orchestra (Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm; see the online course catalog for audition, registration and tuition information).

PP.200.118 01
SAT 10:30–12:30
Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Program Overview

The Pre-Conservatory Violin Program consists of four components:

  1. Private Lesson — Students study with Peabody faculty.
  2. Pre-Conservatory Violin Class — The signature component of the program is this weekly class, led by Rebecca Henry, String Department Chair and PCVP Director. This class meets during the fall/spring academic year on Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Throughout the year, time is spent in three ways:
    • TechniqueStudents refine the relationships between motion and music and continue the search for flexible, free motions and virtuoso technique.
    • Solo PerformanceStudents perform often in this weekly master class setting as they prepare for recitals, competitions, and college auditions. Peabody Conservatory faculty regularly spend time with PCVP students and contribute to their growth: Herbert Greenberg, Violaine Melançon, Keng-Yuen Tseng, and Victor Danchenko.   Guests artists from the music world at large have included Nicholas Kitchen, Aaron Berofsky, Jonathan Carney, Stefan Jackiw, Nicholas Kendall, and Mimi Zweig. PCVP also travels to other conservatories for master classes, including The Colburn School (Martin Beaver), New England Conservatory (Donald Weilerstein) and The Boston Conservatory (Markus Placci).
    • Ensemble PerformancePCVP rehearses 2–4 part violin music in preparation for concerts that include both solo and ensemble performances.  PCVP travels once every year or two to collaborate with other students and programs, highlights of which include an exchange with The Colburn School in Los Angeles, collaborations with The Music Institute of Chicago and the Manhattan School of Music, and performing in Violin Pedagogy Weekends at Northwestern University and at Peabody.  PCVP has also performed in the Bryant Park Concert Series (NY), with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony (DE),  at The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, The Walter’s Art Museum (Baltimore, MD),  and throughout the Baltimore/Washington region.
  3. Collaborations with the Performance Academy for Strings —PCVP collaborates with the Performance Academy for Strings for a special String Orchestra Festival each January, where guest conductors have included Marin Alsop, Kenneth Lam, Edward Polochick, and for selected guest master classes and events. Past topics have included Orchestral Excerpts with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, Taking College Auditions with Peabody faculty member Herbert Greenberg, Jazz Improvisation with Sara Caswell, and Creative Practice with cellist Richard Aaron.  
  4. Piano RehearsalRehearsals with a professional pianist whose time is dedicated to the specific individual development of these young artists. Each student receives a six hours of rehearsal time per semester, and the pianist is available to perform with the student in most recitals, concerts, and area competitions.

Additional Opportunities through PCVP

Students in PCVP may also take advantage of the other outstanding opportunities available to Preparatory students, as recommended by their teacher. These include studio recitals, signature recitals, Part-Recital and Concerto competitions, Youth Orchestra Program, music theory, and the Certificate Program. Please refer to the current Fall/Spring Preparatory course catalog and the Preparatory Music Student Handbook for more information. Program Director Rebecca Henry or Student Services Coordinator can advise the student on the best course of study at the Preparatory.

Partial scholarships are available for lessons for those accepted into the PCVP and students are encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to

Dr. Yoon Young Bae, PCVP Assistant

or contact the Baltimore main campus (downtown) Preparatory Office for more information at 667-208-6640.

PCVP plays at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series
January 27, 2013


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