Electric Strings Day

Update (5/25/21): this program has been cancelled for 2021. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Senior high school violinists, violists, and cellists are invited to participate in this one-day workshop. Program faculty will lead various presentations introducing students to the world of electric strings. In addition, participants may perform in a master class and engage with faculty during a Q&A session.

Format: interactive (synchronous) instruction via Zoom.

Eligibility: Open to all high school string students on violin, viola, and cello currently in grades 8-12.

Tentative Electric Strings Day Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 AM: “The new Electric Strings Curriculum at the University of Illinois” / “How to choose an electric instrument”
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: “Careers in electric strings for performers and teachers” / “The future of electric strings in public schools”
2:00 – 3:00 PM: Performances by University of Illinois electric strings faculty and graduate students
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Masterclass / Q & A 

Application Process

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2021.

Tuition: $50 – Participant

Program Faculty

Rudolf Haken, University of Illinois

Rudolf Haken is a violist and composer internationally renowned for his creative melding of disparate musical styles and genres. He is particularly known for his work with extended-range violas, appearing in concert on four continents with his Rivinus five-string viola and Wood Viper six-string electric viola. At the University of Illinois he directs the Electric Strings Ensemble and the Hip Hop Collective.

Read more about Professor Haken here.