Online Solo Strings Intensive (OSSI)

Summer Intensive with World-Renowned Teachers

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Daily seminars

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Panel discussions with conservatory teachers

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Masterclasses opportunities

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Open studio classes

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Encouraging community

Exclusive online access to many of the most inspiring teachers.

 

No travel required.

Preparing for conservatory/university auditions? Not sure who to study with?

Come take lessons with our faculty, hear from alumni who are performing and studying at prestigious institutions, and soak up all the information you can while practicing hard.

OSSI is geared towards serious students worldwide auditioning for new programs that are interested in meeting new teachers and peers.

Why Choose OSSI?

ūüéĽ Renowned Faculty: Our faculty comprises top professors from prestigious conservatories and universities across the country, along with world-renowned soloists. With the option to have lessons with multiple instructors, you’ll gain diverse perspectives and unlock new possibilities for your music.

ūüé∂ Stay Motivated Anywhere: Whether you’re at home or preparing for an in-person festival, OSSI keeps you motivated and inspired. Engage with peers, receive valuable feedback on your performances, and work with faculty to set your own personal goals!

ūüöÄ Flexible Learning: Balancing work or gigs with your musical aspirations? OSSI allows flexible scheduling, helping you pursue your passion without sacrificing your other commitments. Customize your lesson times to fit your busy schedule and continue the trajectory of your progress.

ūüĆć Accessible Worldwide: Say goodbye to travel expenses and geographical limitations. OSSI brings world-class instruction directly to you, no matter where you are in the world. Experience the same quality education without the hassle of travel.

ūüéôÔłŹ Engaging Discussions: Dive deeper into the reality of the music world with daily discussion panels featuring faculty members and special guests. Gain insights into career paths, college admissions, and the practicalities of life as a professional musician.¬†

ūüíł Affordable Excellence: We understand the financial constraints many students face. That’s why OSSI offers unparalleled instruction at a fraction of the cost of traditional festivals. Experience world-class mentorship without breaking the bank.

Take advantage of your summer and meet transformative teachers.

Applications open March 1, 2024, and close April 7, 2024.

 

Hear directly from past students about their experience:

When I began pondering options of who I might want to study with after completing my Bachelors degree, I discovered OSSI, a program that offered among many things, opportunities to study with violinists I had only dreamed of playing for/working with. Musicians such as Stefan Jackiw, Arnaud Sussman, Tessa Lark, Ayano Ninomiya‚ÄĒto name a few‚ÄĒall suddenly listening to me in my living room through a computer screen. What I could not have predicted was that it would be here that I would discover my future teacher, Ani Kavafian. OSSI introduced me to Prof. Kavafian, giving me the time and space to play, inquire, experiment, and ultimately improve under her guidance. There is no doubt in my mind I have changed as a player for the better studying with Prof. Kavafian, all linking back to my first Zoom lesson in summer of 2020. Thank you OSSI!

Evan Johanson, OSSI '20, '21

Yale School of Music '24, Colburn '22

OSSI is such a great environment to make connections with like minded musicians all across the world! I really enjoyed the faculty panels with top professionals in the industry and also all the amazing lesson and masterclass opportunities! I find myself pulling information from the session topics on a weekly basis.
I also just auditioned with Paul Kantor and after having some lessons together 2 years ago through OSSI, it gave me a really good feel for his teaching. When we met in person he immediately recognized me and it gave such a nice personal connection from the very beginning.
Rebecca Hall, OSSI '22

Plus, THREE new additions to the OSSI lineup!

We’ve got more for you than just private lessons…

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College Fair

Not sure where the best schools are? Have questions about the audition process? Admissions officers from schools around the country are here to help! OSSI is hosting our first ever college fairs with schools like NEC, Eastman, Juilliard, SFCM, and more attending.

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From The Top Auditions

This is an *exclusive* opportunity to audition live for From The Top, a nationally broadcasted program that highlights the most talented classical young musicians. You could be next! Auditions are open to participating OSSI students 8-18 that aren’t enrolled in college.

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Virtual Practice Rooms

Need a little help staying motivated? Miss hearing and seeing your friends at the practice rooms? Now through OSSI, you can head to our 24-hour virtual space hosted on Gather to have some practice accountability, play virtual games, and connect with friends!

The details

This year, we are hosting TWO sessions of OSSI! Sometimes you need a break right after the school year and a kickstart into the next school year, so August may be a better choice for you. You can also choose to do two sessions.

Did you know that many of our faculty teach exclusively at OSSI over the summer? Look for the “Exclusively at OSSI” on their bios.

We know that it’s most helpful to hear directly from faculty and successful artists and get your questions answered ‚ÄĒ so that’s what you’ll get to do! We’ll go over how to get into school, prepare for auditions, win a job, get management, transition into arts admin, grow a career, and way more through panel discussions and intimate talks with faculty and special guests.

We’ll also have masterclasses with our guest artists – you are welcome to attend any of them, and students will be selected to play based on faculty recommendation and audition materials.

We’re bringing in so many teachers from schools across the country, and you’ll definitely walk away with a ton of feedback and inspiration for the upcoming semester.

As with most festivals, making connections and having fun is one of the most lasting memories you have of your experience. Through OSSI, you’ll get to participate in game nights, Slack conversations, lunch times and more so you develop more friendships that will transition to the real world when you meet people!

Why attend ossi?

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Get intensive and personal attention from faculty

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Hear directly from successful musicians

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Be inspired for the upcoming semester

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Get in-depth work with your assigned faculty member

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Use your summer break wisely

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Receive feedback from teachers at major conservatories & universities

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Develop a plan for the next few weeks

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Meet and get to know your peers during mealtimes

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Prepare for upcoming auditions alongside other motivated musicians

Get direct feedback from top teachers and
walk into the semester excited like never before!

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Violin

Session 1 (May 24-June 2)

Stefan Jackiw

Mannes School of Music, Soloist

Full Biography
Soovin Kim

New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music

Full Biography
Simon James

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Full Biography
Danielle Belen

University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance

Full Biography
Jessica Lee

Cleveland Institute of Music

Full Biography
Kristin Lee

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Full Biography
YooJin Jang

Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester

Full Biography
Jennifer Frautschi

Stonybrook University
Department of Music

Full Biography

Session 2 (August 9-18)

Mark Kaplan

Indiana University Jacobs

Full Biography
Ani Kavafian

Yale School of Music

Full Biography
Ayano Ninomiya

New England Conservatory

Full Biography
Arnaud Sussmann

Stonybrook University

Full Biography
Fabiola Kim

University of Michigan

Full Biography
Jessica Lee

Cleveland Institute of Music

Full Biography

Viola

Session 1 (May 24-June 2)

Victoria Chiang

Peabody Conservatory

Full Biography
Yi-Fang Huang

The Juilliard School

Full Biography
Wenting Kang

New England Conservatory

Full Biography
Matthew Lipman

Stonybrook University

Full Biography
Lynne Ramsey

Cleveland Institute of Music

Full Biography
Jeffrey Irvine

Cleveland Institute of Music

Full Biography

Session 2 (August 9-18)

Yi-Fang Huang

The Juilliard School

Full Biography
Wenting Kang

New England Conservatory

Full Biography
Hanna Lee

Tianjin Juilliard

Full Biography

Cello

Session 1 (May 24-June 2)

Session 2 (August 9-18)

Alan Rafferty

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Full Biography
Nick Canellakis

Curtis Institute of Music

Full Biography
Melissa Kraut

Cleveland Institute of Music

Full Biography
Julie Albers

New England Conservatory

Full Biography
Amir Eldan

University of Michigan

Full Biography
Brannon Cho

McDuffie Center for Strings

Full Biography

Double Bass (NEW!)

Session 1 (May 24-June 2) & Session 2 (August 9-18)

Scott Dixon

Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory

Full Biography
Derek Zadinsky

Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory

Full Biography

Guest Artists to be announced…

Panelists  (to be announced)

    Overview of the Week

Applies to both May 24-June 2 and August 9-18, 2024

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Friday (May 24 or August 9)

Orientation
Mic checks
Game night

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Saturday

Panel discussion on Making a Living and Job Options
Violin Technique Class
Virtual Practice Rooms

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Lessons

2 lessons, may happen at any time of the week based on your availability (submitted to OSSI staff)

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Sunday

Faculty Panel on Getting into College
Virtual Practice Rooms

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Monday

Viola Technique Class
College Fair
Virtual Practice Rooms

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Studio Classes

May happen at any time during the week
Studio classes are always open to anyone to observe
Sometimes, you can sign up to play in another teacher’s studio class

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Tuesday

Cello Technique Class
From The Top Auditions
Virtual Practice Rooms

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Wednesday

Session on Performance Anxiety
Virtual Practice Rooms

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Thursday ‚Äď Saturday

Masterclasses for all instruments

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Sunday (June 2 or August 18)

Final performances
Goodbye party

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

OSSI will be 10 days long; the program begins on Friday, May 24, and will conclude with a debrief/goodbye party on Sunday, June 2. You will receive 2 full hour-long lessons with your assigned faculty member(s), sessions/panels, masterclasses to either watch or participate in, a college fair and open studio classes with faculty members.

You should expect to be practicing intensively during the program. We will have formal practice sessions where you can meet your peers and practice simultaneously, but they are not required. (There will be a prize for the top 3 students who show up to the most events!)

What is the tuition cost?

Total tuition is $597 and includes any masterclass(es) you may be selected to play in.

You will be required to make a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure your place upon acceptance.

If you apply to both sessions, your total tuition will be $1097.

Is there scholarship available?

At the moment, there is limited scholarship available and is mostly given as need-based awards. If you are awarded financial aid, you will be notified with your acceptance. Payment plans are also available.

You may indicate on your application your need; a written letter is an important part of a scholarship appeal but a tax return/1040 is also required. If you feel you have additional need that is not displayed on your tax return, please upload a letter along with your 1040.

What are the age/level requirements?

You should be between 15-28 years of age, playing at an advanced high school or college level. If you are above or below the age suggestion, you are welcome to apply, if you feel you fit the program.

Most of the programming is geared towards students who are pursuing a degree in music in the next couple years, but you do not have to be in that category to apply.

Do I have to be in the US to participate?

Absolutely not! We would love for international students to participate. You will have to be available for lessons, auditions, and sessions, but we will do our best to schedule around your time zone. Several events take place in the morning or evening for students in Asia, and will also be recorded for future viewing.

Most teachers teach in English, however, some teach in languages other than English. This is notated on the application. Please indicate on your application if you would like lessons taught in the teacher’s other language.

What time zone are the events in?

All events will be stated in EST (New York time) and will occur from 10am-around 7 or 8pm. Auditions/lessons may happen any time but we will work around your availability and time zone. Most events happen in the afternoon or evening, Eastern Time.

How are faculty assigned?

You will indicate your top 3 choices on your application and will find out which studio you have been accepted into with your acceptance email.

Are OSSI teachers teaching at other places?

Many OSSI teachers are only available over the summer at OSSI! Look for “Exclusively at OSSI” on their bio page. This is your chance to meet some of the most impactful teachers before applying to school.

What are the application requirements?
You will need to submit two videos of up to 15 minutes total.

Recordings should not be more than one year old and should contain standard repertoire, such as a movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto. No formal repertoire is required.

How many sessions should I participate in?

You can submit an application for both or one of our sessions. We would love to have you at both and will have different guests and speakers at each session, so you will get something new out of the program if you attend both sessions.

There is a $100 automatic scholarship for attending both sessions.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. The nonrefundable application fee is $40 until March 21.

The nonrefundable application fee raises to $60 from March 20-April 10.

Will you have a wait list?

Yes, we will hold a small wait list, in the chance someone withdraws or chooses not to accept their spot. Accepted applicants will have one week to accept or decline their spot and wait listed applicants will likely have a final decision at the end of that week period.

When are decisions released?

Applications for OSSI close April 10, and you will hear back by May 10.

Can I take lessons with other faculty members?

You may not take any lessons with other faculty members through official OSSI programming. However, you may contact faculty members and request a lesson time. Decisions on fees and available hours are up to their discretion.

How many spots are there in the program?

Every teacher has a different number of spots available. Studio sizes range from 2-15.

What technology do I need to participate?

You will need a laptop/computer with a webcam, high speed internet, ethernet cable, quality speakers/headphones (either built-in to your computer or external), and a quality microphone. Everything is required, unless your internet speed reaches over 75 mbps download and 10mbps upload, in which case, your WiFi speed will suffice (not ethernet cable required).
Please make sure to test that your microphone is compatible with your computer and Zoom prior to OSSI. Your lessons will go down in quality significantly if you do not have an external microphone.

What does split studio mean?

Split studio means you will receive one lesson per faculty member. 

Start your application today. Space is limited.

Applications open March 1 and close April 10.

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