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Virtuoso Program Students & Curriculum

Virtuoso Program Students & Curriculum

Virtuoso Program classes and rehearsals take place after school between 3:00-9:00pm. Each student participates in orchestra, a string quartet, music hour (performance and musicology class), performance class, and solo repertoire rehearsal with the staff accompanist, in addition to the hours dedicated to private practice. San Domenico is a day and boarding school, though Virtuoso Program students are encouraged to live on campus, allowing time for intensive after-school rehearsal, practice, and academic homework. All activities are carefully planned by the Virtuoso Program Director and Music Conservatory Director. Each year the weekly class schedule is tailored around the public performance schedule as well as the musical and educational needs of the program's group of students.

Typical day in the life of a Virtuoso student

8:10 am - 3:05pm ... Academic classes
3:15 pm ... String quartet coaching
4:30 pm ... Chamber orchestra rehearsal in Hall of the Arts
6:00 pm ... Dinner in Dining Hall
6:30 pm ... Relax in dorm room
7:00 pm ... Private practice in practice studio
8:30 pm ... Homework
10:30 pm ... Hang out with friends in dorm lounge
11:00 pm ... Bed

Performance

A vital component of a young musician's training is performance, and the Virtuoso Program provides numerous opportunities for critical experience. Virtuoso students receive rigorous coaching and support for their participation in a multitude of concerts and master classes each year, including:

  • Three major Orchestra da Camera Concerts
  • Five Solo Recitals
  • Four Chamber Music Recitals
  • Community and Outreach Performances

Facilities

Superior facilities support superior students. San Domenico's Music Conservatory and adjacent Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts provide an ideal setting for intensive music study. Performances, recitals, orchestra rehearsals, and chamber music coachings take place in 300-seat Bettye Poetz Ferguson concert hall, opened in 2004, which features professional-level acoustics. The Music Conservatory houses numerous practice rooms, teaching studios, and an extensive music library.

Students

Achievement of advanced musical technique is attained through intensive training and practice undertaken at an early age, so the developmental years between age twelve and eighteen are especially critical for musicians. The Virtuoso Program gives talented young musicians the opportunity to reach a pre-professional performance level without abandoning other interests. The Virtuoso Program has been thoughtfully designed to address the diverse and specialized needs of the young artist who wants to devote significant time to their music, challenge themselves with the rigorous demands of performance, and who will flourish in an intellectually stimulating upper school. San Domenico's academic classes are small, and the availability of honors and AP coursework across the curriculum makes it possible to tailor a student's program of study to their particular abilities and requirements.

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