Virtual String Institute | Upcoming Workshops

ILMEA All-State String Workshop

Saturday, September 26, 2020

WIU String Day

Saturday, October 24, 2020

College Audition Preparation Workshop (for high school seniors)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Virtual String Institute Workshops are open to high school string players who play the following:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Bass
  • Guitar

Students will receive private lessons and have the opportunity to participate in workshop master classes, technique classes, and interactive seminars led by the WIU faculty artists.

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

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)


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 Fall 2020 WIU Virtual String Institute Workshops are free. Spots are limited so sign up now!