1710, 2016

Violists Really Are the Smartest

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  No joke. This kid, Kwasi Enin, got into all eight Ivy League schools (that's Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale...wow!) along with several other universities. Not only does he have an impressive academic track record (2250 on his SATs and 11 Advanced Placement courses), but he played viola in his high school orchestra as well! While he hasn't continued playing while at Yale, he has opted for one of the famous a capella groups called the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus. It didn't hurt that Enin wrote his college essays about music even though "he simply enrolled in orchestra to meet

1410, 2016

Top 10 Best Viola Colleges 2017

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College application season is ramping up quickly and we here at Viola Central want to make sure that you know which colleges are the best for viola performance. Choosing the right viola college is an important step that can shape your career forever, so we've compiled a list of the top 10 best viola colleges you should apply to.   Applying to Music School Before we get to the list, we wanted to first provide an overview of what you should expect when applying to music school for viola performance. There are two main parts to the application process, the online application

609, 2016

Cecilio CVA-400 Viola Review

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Cecilio violas are one of the most well-known beginner viola brands and consistently our #1 rated beginner viola brand. The Cecilio CVA-400 in particular is our recommended viola for new violists because of the quality of the instrument and the value of the traditional outfit. While one of the cheapest beginner viola options, the Cecilio CVA-400 offers tremendous value and high quality instruments for the price. Traditionally priced around $130, all CVA-400 violas are hand-carved, come with a 1-year warranty, and include everything the beginner violist needs to get started. Click Here for CVA-400 Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com

509, 2016

The Week in Violas – 9/4

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We hope you are all having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. The weather here in Pittsburgh has finally cooled down a bit so we can finally enjoy being outside for all the bbqs. Below is our viola news of the week. 11 Airlines are Viola-Approved The International Federation of Musicians (IFM) released a report this week of the most instrument-friendly airlines. Allowing violas onboard airplanes has been an ongoing debate for the last 10 years so it's great that airlines are finally opening up their policies to allow violas on-board, no questions asked. We still recommend buying a hard case for

1608, 2016

Budgeting for a Viola

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Violas are expensive, there's no denying that. Even if you are renting a viola, the monthly bills add up quickly. In order to help you budget for a viola, we have laid a basic guide to make sure you are making the most of your money and can afford a viola.   Can you afford a new viola? The first thing you need to decide is whether you have enough money to buy a new or used viola outright. Typical entry-level new viola outfits range from about $75-$250 depending on the quality of the workmanship and materials. These outfits usually include

1408, 2016

This Week in Violas – August 14

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Continuing on with our "This Week in Violas" series, we have several interesting viola tidbits to share.   British Airways Denies Cello Entry Due to Visa Requirement We've covered carrying your viola with you on flights before, but this takes that discussion to a whole new level. British Airways apparently denied cabin entry to a cellist because although she had bought an extra seat for her cello, she needed to get a USA ESTA visa. Talk about ridiculous! An amateur Swiss-based cellist has claimed she was refused entry to a British Airways flight from Zurich to Baltimore because the extra seat