Virtual String Institute | Upcoming Workshops

WIU String Saturdays

  • Saturday, January 23, 2021 | Viola Day | Dr. Istvan Szabo
  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 | Cello Day | Dr. Kenny Lee
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021 | Violin Day | Dr. Julieta Mihai
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021 | Bass Day | Dr. Matt Hughes


  • Open to high school and undergraduate seniors
  • Work on your college audition repertoire, technique, and more
  • Get advice on choosing the right college


  • Lesson times are scheduled individually. Registered participants will be contacted by the professor.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Orchestras@wiu.edu


Matt Hughes

Matt T Hughes, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, String Bass
Browne Hall 206
Email: MT-Hughes@wiu.edu


Kenny Lee, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral Activities
Sallee Hall 208
Email: K-Lee6@wiu.edu


Julieta Mihai, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Violin
Sallee Hall 103
Email: J-Mihai@wiu.edu


István Szabó, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Viola
Browne Hall 224B
Email: I-Szabo@wiu.edu

Matt Hughes

George Turner, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Guitar
Browne Hall 214
Email: GM-Turner@wiu.edu

Fees and Scholarships

The Spring 2021 String Saturday Workshops are free. Spots are limited so sign up now!

Past Workshop Schedules

ILMEA All-State String Workshop | Saturday, September 26, 2020


  • Prepare for a successful audition recording!
  • Masterclasses, seminars, and private lessons on the 2020 All-State Orchestra repertoire.
  • Open to top high string players in Illinois.

Schedule (subject to change):

11:00-12:00pm - Introductions and Conductor’s Perspectives on the Excerpts
1:00-4:00pm - Masterclasses and Private Lessons (scheduled individually)

WIU String Day | Saturday, October 24, 2020


  • Masterclass/Technique Class with the Faculty
  • Meet the WIU Symphony Orchestra Conductor
  • Get to know the current WIU string students
  • Performance by the Faculty Piano Quartet and the WIU Symphony Orchestra

Schedule (subject to change):

1:00-12:00pm - Welcome Meeting, Performance by the Faculty Piano
Quartet, and Seminar on Practicing
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch Break
1:00-2:30pm - String Technique Class/Masterclasses by Instrument
2:30-3:30pm - Brief Performance by the WIU Symphony Orchestra + Meet and Greet Session with the Conductor and Current WIU String Students

College Audition Preparation Workshop | Saturday, November 14, 2020


  • Private lessons and group seminars to help you prepare for a winning college audition!
  • Open to high school seniors preparing for college auditions

Schedule (subject to change):

11:00-12:00pm Audition and Interview Seminar
1:00-4:00pm Private Lessons (scheduled individually)