Participants in the 2015 Starling-Delay Symposium (photo by Hiroyuki Ito)

Starling-DeLay Violin

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The next Symposium will take place from Tuesday, May 23-Saturday, May 27, 2023. The online application will be available in December.

The Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies is dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher, Dorothy DeLay. The Symposium takes place at The Juilliard School and features world-renowned Artist-Faculty teaching pedagogy workshops and master classes and performing in recitals. Brian Lewis serves as artistic director and Catherine Cho as artistic advisor for the Symposium.

2023 Artist-Faculty To Be Announced

View the 2021 Symposium schedule(abridged and virtual due to Covid-19 restrictions)

View the 2019 Symposium schedule (in-person with no restrictions)

Meet the Student Artists

Click here to see the 2021 Student Artist roster. The 2023 Students Artist roster will be announced in April 2023.

General Information

Participation is offered at one of two levels: Participant or Student Artist

Participants observe master classes, attend recitals, and participate in workshops designed to help teachers refine their pedagogical skills. Participants may bring their instruments for use in pedagogy workshops. Preference is given to applicants who are professional violinists, teachers, post-graduate, and college students. Minors (younger than 18) may only be admitted on a space-available basis and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also accepted as a paying Participant.

Student Artists are selected to perform in Paul Hall for Symposium master classes and recitals and may observe other Symposium events as time allows. Up to 10 student violinists are accepted as Student Artists and there is no tuition fee.

Application Requirements

To audition for the Student Artists program, applicants must submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the applicant's current primary teacher);
  2. Video audition consisting of the following repertoire:
    • one movement from an unaccompanied sonata or partita by Bach
    • a movement from any concerto in the standard repertoire
    • one Paganini caprice
    • one virtuosic show piece (by Sarasate, Wieniawski, Kreisler, etc.)
    • A piece of your choice: We encourage you to include a work by a composer from historically underrepresented gender, racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages. Please see Music by Black Composers: An Introductory Resource for some suggested works.

Submitted recordings should be recent and unedited. Preference is given to students currently enrolled in a pre-college, Bachelor's or Master's degree program.

2023 Deadlines and Fees

The online application portal will open in December 2022.


  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
  • Application Fee: $60
  • Participant Tuition: $575
  • Notification of Acceptance: Participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis, beginning February 2023.

Student Artists:

  • Application Deadline: March 2023 (TBA)
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Student Artist Tuition: Free; there is no tuition fee for Student Artists.
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A master class at the 2015 Starling-DeLay Symposium

Contact Us

For more information please e-mail [email protected].

The biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium, dedicated to the art of violin teaching and performance, is hosted by The Juilliard School as part of the Starling-DeLay Symposium of Violin Studies and made possible by the generous support of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.