Violas Unite!

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November 5, 2022

Join us to celebrate all things viola at this event for individual players. Ideal for high school and undergraduate students, amateur players and students of all ages are also welcome at this exciting event. You'll meet fellow viola enthusiasts and participate in many activities, including playing in an all-viola recital.

Bring your viola, prepare your part (sent in advance) and get ready for an unforgettable experience with the NIU Viola Studio and Anthony Devroye of the Avalon String Quartet and special guest artist Daphne Gerling from the University of North Texas.


Time Activity
12:30-1 p.m. check-in, optional Music Building tour
1-2:15 p.m.

Ensemble Rehearsal: music of Johann Groh and Sakari Dixon Vanderveer (parts sent in advance)

2:15-3 p.m. Repertoire presentation: Michael Kimber's “Twentieth-Century Idioms for Violists,” presented by the NIU Viola Studio
3-3:50 p.m. Workshop: "Finding Your Voice" by Professor Daphne Gerling
4-4:30 p.m. Sectional rehearsals
4:30-4:45 p.m. Break
4:45-5:35 p.m. Master class with Professor Anthony Devroye
5:45-6:30 p.m. Ensemble rehearsal
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Concert

Anthony Devroye

Daphne Gerling


Participant Cost: $40 per participant (includes dinner)
Guests may attend the performance for free, but if they would like to join the participant for dinner, there is a $20 fee per guest meal.

Deadline: Oct. 30, 2022

Online Registration


If you cancel five or more business days before the event, you may request a refund from Kristin Sherman at or 815-753-1450. No refunds will be made after this time unless NIU cancels the event.

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College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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