Our Nationally Recognized
Upper School Virtuoso Program
An opportunity for upper school students to study, live, and play with students who share a similar passion for music.
The Virtuoso Program is designed for upper school students who are exploring their potential as string musicians and wish to dedicate themselves to a rigorous academic and musical curriculum. San Domenico is the only upper school in the nation that offers an integrated and intensive music program, combined with college preparatory academics, that prepares students for music careers. Limited enrollment guarantees personal attention for every student. Since 1977, the supportive environment, experienced music faculty, and state-of-the-art conservatory facilities have created an ideal artistic community for serious music students.
Each year the Virtuoso Program presents numerous public performances, providing students with opportunities to challenge themselves while sharing their music with a wide range of audiences. The San Domenico School Orchestra Da Camera was awarded Festival Grand Champion and First Place String Orchestra at each ASTA National Orchestra Festival in which it participated in, in 2010, 2008, and 2005.
San Domenico students consistently matriculate to—and receive partial to full merit scholarships from—the best-rated colleges and conservatories in the nation, a testament to the particular combination of instruction and experience they receive in the Virtuoso Program. Despite increasingly competitive college admissions, prestigious schools continue to accept Virtuoso Program graduates, because our students have a reputation for being intelligent, talented, and driven to succeed. Statistics show that young people who study instrumental music build a life foundation comprised of skills that open the door to successful careers in many different fields. Whether or not they pursue a career in music, Virtuoso Program graduates contribute to the community as professional and amateur performers, music educators, music therapists, and active patrons of the arts.
Virtuoso program students receive rigorous coaching and support for their participation in concerts and masterclasses each year.
Mozart: Allegro Divertimento in D Major, KV 136 for String Orchestra Movement I. Allegro.
Mozart: Allegro Divertimento in D Major, KV 136, for String Orchestra Movement II. Andante.
Mozart: Allegro Divertimento in D Major, KV 136, for String Orchestra Movement III. Presto.
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 Movement I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina.
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 Movement II. Waltze.
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 Movement III. Elegie.
Mendelssohn: two movements from the Octet, Op. 30, arranged for String Orchestra.
Guests & Faculty
Virtuoso Program guests have included the music director of Marin Symphony, John Williams, The Alexander String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Midori Goto, Chee Yun Kim, Zuill Bailey, Alasdair Neale, and others.
Below is a partial list of schools that have admitted
our graduating students in recent years
Carnegie Mellon University
Colburn School of Performing Arts
College of William and Mary
Harvey Mudd College
Johns Hopkins University
Manhattan School of Music
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New England Conservatory
New York University
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Davis
University of California - Irvine
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of Oregon
University of the Pacific
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
University of Washington - Seattle
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Washington University in St. Louis