This Camp is Right For You If:
VIOLIN VILLA: DAILY WORKSHOPS. PRIVATE CLASSES. AND A LOT OF JAMMING.
Violin Villa is a violin camp for adult beginners from all over the world. We meet up for practicing, playing together, inspiring workshops and fun activities while staying at a beautiful small medieval castle in the Netherlands.
We’ll be studying the violin in paradise…
We believe that one of the best ways to learn and truly experience the power of music is playing together.
But… putting yourself out there can be scary too! In this violin camp we will provide a safe space for you to learn to play together.
You will be able to practice in a small group of like-minded adult beginners which will not only be a great learning experience, but also a lot of fun!
Reach Your Next Level
This camp is going to be a transformational 5 days where you are going to take a step back from your daily life and focus completely on practicing the violin. You will be participating in workshops, ensemble classes, private classes and more.
Just imagine what it will do to your violin skills if you take this week for yourself, to practice violin in a group of motivated players with the help of enthusiastic & caring teachers? You’ll have a great time & be learning new violin skills that you can apply for your whole life.
Have Fun & Relax
Picture this… waking up in a beautiful room, then heading down for an amazing breakfast with inspired conversation with like-minded violinists, then spending the day with fun & violin playing! This vacation will next to making you a better violin player, be a relaxing and fun time!
Next to playing the violin we will small excursions to local high-lights, play games, jam together, have delicious and healthy vegetarian dinners every evening and get to know each other more…
This vacation is going to leave you feel relaxed & inspired.
During our time there, we will study the violin in workshops, private classes, guided jam sessions & ensembles. In between our classes, we will take our time to relax with delicious meals & explore the Netherlands.
Arrival and Set Up
Violin Warm-Ups & Workshop
Short Private Sessions & Rehearsals with Pianist
Warm-Ups or Ensemble Class
Excursion in Region
Facilitated Jam Circle
Short Private Sessions & Dress Rehearsals with Pianist
Private Practice Time
POST CAMP ACTIVITIES
Saturday & Sunday: Visit to Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands
In your private sessions you will be working on a personal piece of your choice. During group classes we will work on our group pieces that will be voted for & revealed closer to camp date.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
“Would I join again? Definitely!”
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.
A beautiful memory for life. Julia and her helping heroes welcomed us all, and treated us as family.
Brilliant group classes for students from beginner level to more advanced fit together. Private class with both Julia and Ineke the accompanist for our solo piece performances was a great experience and helped correct our playing and set a guideline for future practices. We have made good friends from all over the world, and the group was so supportive of each other and we had lots of fun. I am myself a student at the academy, and am so happy I went. I have learned much, and really got to challenge my stage fright and had fun and was exited doing my solo piece.
Would I join again? Definitely! ..just need a week of rest first. Julia, Ineke, Sascha and the other person, I sadly don't remember the name of right now, went out of their way to see that everyone had a good time. I can't see that they could had done anything more. I give them a 10 out of 10.Marianne Forland1 year ago
Attending the Violin Villa was an unforgettable experience. Julia has brought together a community of student violinists from all over the world to meet and play for a week that passed far too quickly.
The days were filled with a mix of group classes and workshops tailored to all skill levels, with breaks for terrific meals and an excursion to a windmill for a taste of the Netherlands.
Private lessons from Julia and Ineke really elevated everyone's playing and the final group and solo performances showcased how far everyone has come.
The atmosphere and community at the villa is truly something special, with a fun and positive group of students and teachers that brought out the best in each other. It was very hard to leave the villa when the week was done, and I hope to return in the coming years.Christopher Snider1 year ago
Violin Villa was an amazing experience. The way the group was brought together and all experience levels were combined in a good variation of group pieces was done very well. The private sessions with Julia and pianist Ineke were helpful, and their enthusiastic teaching for the whole group was motivating and inspiring. It was a joy to be together with such a supportive group of fellow violinists. And also the support of Sascha and friend was nice, they arranged good food for all of us! If I get another chance to be part of Violin Villa again I'd do it for sure!Ineke Scholten-Post1 year ago
Who are your hosts?
Hi there! We are Julia, Ineke, Eveline and Sascha and we are the motivated team that has been organizing this amazing camp for you!
Violin Teacher & Founder of Violin Villa
Julia is an enthusiastic violin teacher that never runs out of fun ideas to do such as organizing a violin camp! She absolutely loves teaching the violin and bringing people together to play music. During the past years she has founded multiple violin schools and has been teaching hundreds of students from all over the world. She is the one that will make sure that you practice your scales and will be surveilling you 24/7 to check if you are still bowing straight.
All jokes aside, Julia is going to teach the major parts of the workshops & classes in this camp and looks forward to have lessons with you!
Ineke van Hoogstraten
Classical Pianist & Conductor
Ineke is a highly qualified & experienced teacher, that has coached musicians and music teachers in many settings for more than 25 years.
She will be joining Violin Villa to give you a chance to prepare for a real violin performance with a professional accompanist!
With her many years of experience, Ineke developed a quality to meet you exactly where you are & challenge you to try out new musical possibilities in your playing.
Next to helping you learn to perform with a pianist, she will also be leading one of our ensemble sessions.
Since 9 years, our personal chef Eveline has been making the world a better place by sharing her delicious, vegetarian dishes.
Her experience ranges from being a vegan pastry chef and working in vegetarian restaurants to cooking meals for groups of over 200 people!
Eveline will make sure that each day, we’ll have the most delicious, healthy food to enjoy & fuel our practice!
Organizer & Host
Sascha has been practicing hard to learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the violin, but unfortunately he recently realized he forgot how to play it. His musical skills may be something he needs to work on, however he has a big talent for making sure everyone feels welcome & organizing every tiny detail (it might be a German thing).
What is included?
5 Days castle. All-inclusive. Daily violin workshops. Ensemble playing. Private lessons. Final recital.
CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Frequently Asked Questions
- Daily workshops & ensemble classes
- Excursion in the Netherlands
- Private Sessions with Julia
- Private Sessions with your Accompanist (Ineke, Classical Pianist)
- Final Recital (Participation Optional, though Recommended)
- Evening Activities
- Healthy & Delicious Vegetarian Meals, Snacks & Non-Alcoholic Drinks throughout your stay
- Possible Add-On: Transportation from and to the airport / train station (15€ extra)
Which pieces will I be practicing?
In your private sessions you will be working on a personal piece of your choice, either with Julia or your accompanist (Ineke). Julia will support you with choosing a suitable piece after booking.
During group classes we will work on our group pieces that will be voted for & revealed closer to camp date.
What if I have specific dietary requirements?
We accommodate all dietary restrictions and allergies. Please be sure to let us know in advance so the chef is aware of your needs and can provide delicious meals that meet your personal needs.
What should I bring?
Upon acceptance to the camp we will provide you with a full packing list!
How much do tickets cost?
The ticket prices depend on the type of room you choose and how early you book. Prices start at $1297 and can go up to $1497.
We increase the price during our sales process. The earlier you secure the ticket, the more it facilitates our planning, making deposits and preparing the beautiful experience that lies ahead of us. This is why ticket prices will increase over time.
Can I bring my partner / family along?
This depends on the number of attendees. Please let us know if you would like to bring someone by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know exactly what is possible. Probably it won’t be possible to bring younger kids as there is no supervision during class hours.
Do I need to book my own flights / train tickets?
Yes, your flights or train tickets are not included in the price. You will need to book flights to Weeze Airport (NRN) in Germany or train station Horst-Sevenum in the Netherlands. We recommend Kiwi for booking flights. If you need any help with this, contact email@example.com directly after booking and we will help you out.
Is it allowed to attend both camps?
Yes, it’s possible to attend both camps.
Do I have to perform at the final recital?
No, in case you don’t want to perform you can opt-out. In that case you will still be working on a personal piece during your private sessions with Julia and Ineke, your accompanist. However, we encourage everyone to try performing, as it’s a great learning experience. We have found that in the beginning of camps like these, nobody will feel like performing, but after one week of practicing, encouraging together and making new friends, you might eventually want to try it anyway…
My flight doesn’t let me bring my violin, what can I do?
We have a limited amount of rental violins available for the duration of the camp. However, we still advise you to take your own violin if you have the chance to, as it often takes an adjustment period to get used to a new violin.
How will I get to the location?
We can pick you up (pick-up fee is 15€ to the airport – may be a little waiting time included if other attendees arrive at a similar time) or you can go with a bus or taxi (10 minuted ride to the closest train station or 30 min to the closest airport). We’ll send you detailed instructions upon acceptance to the camp.
Can I share a room with a friend?
Sure! Let us know in your application who you’d like to share a room with and we’ll place you together!
Do I need a VISA?
That depends on your nationality and passport. If you’re an EU citizen you won’t need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. If you are from the USA or Canada and didn’t travel to Europe this year yet, you can stay in the Netherlands for 90 days. Please make sure you research the visa requirements for your passport and situation well before you plan to travel. To research visa requirements we recommend VisaHQ.
What is your refund policy?
If for some reason you can’t make it, you can cancel your ticket by simply sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org The following conditions apply to cancellations and booking changes for the trip:
- 90 Days: €295 is held as cancellation fee
- 90 – 30 Days: 75% of your ticket price is held as cancellation
- 30 – 0 Days: 100% of your ticket price is held as cancellation
Due to the planning and nature of this event, we unfortunately can not offer any full refunds.
What is your Terms of Service?
You can read our full Terms of Service here.
Is it possible to get a discount?
Yes, you’ll get a discount of 10% if you attend both camps.
If the price is the only thing preventing you from joining this camp, please send an e-mail to email@example.com and we’ll see if we can help you.
Thank you to everyone who made Violin Villa 2019 to an unforgettable experience!