2711, 2016

10 Great Christmas Gifts for Viola Players

It's that time of year again. Time to decorate the Christmas tree, put up the stockings, and buy all the Christmas presents. If you have a viola player in the family, finding the right viola gifts for them can be tough, but don't fear! Below are the hottest Christmas gifts for viola players that your favorite viola player will absolutely love. 1. An Electric Viola Every viola player who has every dreamed of being in a rock band or orchestra will love this. Electric violas combine the beautiful sounds of violas with the cool factor of being able to hook  up

3110, 2016

10 Great Online Resources for Violists

Violists today are extremely lucky that most of the resources they could ever need can be found online. From sheet music to ordering a new bridge, the Internet has everything both the budding and professional violist needs. It is hard to imagine that only a few decades ago, musicians could only interact with those in their community to learn about the best teachers, practices, and products. Sometimes this information was in trade journals or classical music magazines, but it was still difficult to find. Now all of that information is a click away. Thankfully, people have consolidated all of that

2410, 2016

Bartók Viola Concerto Review

Bartók’s Viola Concerto is an amazing piece and was actually left unfinished by the composer Béla Bartók. Only rough, handwritten scratches of the concerto were found after the composer’s death, but the concerto was eventually completed finished by his close friend and has since found its way into the repertoire of every violist who is looking for a challenge. IMSLP Entry: http://imslp.org/wiki/Viola_Concerto_(Bart%C3%B3k,_B%C3%A9la)   History of Bartók’s Viola Concerto The Bartók Viola Concerto was commissioned by the virtuoso violist William Primrose in the winter of 1944. Bartók was not a well-known composer in the USA at

1710, 2016

Violists Really Are the Smartest

  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

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

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