FAQ

Q: What should I bring?
A: You should bring your instrument, any accessories you need to play your instrument (shoulder rest, rosin, bow etc), any music you are working on that you would like to play for a Master Class, and all your violist friends. Of course, having a viola is not a requirement - you can still observe all the sessions and try out some instruments brought by our vendors.

Q: How do I register?

A: Follow this link here to the registration page. Registration is $50 for individuals, and groups of 5 or more receive a 10% discount.

Q: I missed the registration deadline, can I still come?
A: We will accept day-of registrations, however, day-of registration is a total of $65 for individuals so be sure to register ahead of time if possible. 

Q: I am a teacher and am planning on bringing several students. Is there any discount?
A: Yes! We offer a 10% discount for groups of 5 or more. Teachers must send roster of students planning on attending to mya@mya.org by Wednesday, April 7 to receive group discount.

Q: Where will the Chicago Viola Festival be?
A: The Festival will take place at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. See our Directions page for detailed instructions on how to get there!

Q: Can I bring my family?

A: Yes you may! All extra family members must pay a $15 Observer Fee for access to all classes plus lunch.

Q: Do I need to pack a lunch?
A: No! Lunch is included in the cost. Please advise of any allergy restrictions upon registration so we may do our best to accommodate. (Email mya@mya.org) 

Q: I want to play in a master class, how can I?
A: Prior to the festival, an email will be sent to participants with a link for signing up for master classes.

Q: Who will the clinicians be?
A: Clinicians will be teachers, educators, and performers from the Greater Chicago area and beyond. See our Clinicians page for more information!

Q: How do I attend a clinic?

A: Clinics will be held in rooms throughout Bennett Gordon Hall. All you have to do is go to the room of the clinic you'd like to attend! And don't forget your viola if it's a playing class!

Q: When should I arrive? 
A: The check-in/registration table will be open at 9:00am.  

Q: How late will Chicago Viola Festival go?
A: The last clinics will wrap up around 4pm and there will be a Faculty Recital from 4pm until 5pm.

Q: I am in the market for a new viola/bow, do you have any places you recommend?
A: We will have vendors at the festival with booths set up where you can try their instruments, accessories, etc. Check out our Vendors page for more information on who will be there!

Q: Do I have to pay for parking?
A: No! Parking is completely free and there is plenty of it! Please see the Directions page for more information on where to park. 

Q: Can I observe the festival without actively participating in any of the sessions?
A: Yes - on the day of the festival, people who wish to observe (but not participate) in any sessions can pay a $15 Observer Fee. They will not be able to participate in Master Classes or Technique sessions, for example, but they would be able to watch classes and performances.

Q: You still haven't answered my question - Who should I get in touch with?
A: Any additional questions, please email lizclawson@mya.org or call Midwest Young Artists Conservatory at 847-926-9898

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