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Connect with Professionals
Student membership is often very affordable! Here are just a few benefits of joining an organization:
- Connect with performers, instrument makers, and more
- Get first notice of scholarships, competitions, and job openings
- Attend festivals and events at reduced cost
Selected Viola Organizations:
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
The largest musician's union in the world. Members have access to local bargaining, audition notices, insurance, and more.
American String Teacher Association
Teaching resources, professional education, local and national events, a career center, insurance programs, and access to a collaborative strings community.
American Viola Society
Viola enthusiasts who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie with mentoring, festivals and competitions, master classes, research, job postings, and more.
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Teachers, parents, educators, and others dedicated to making music and early childhood education available to all children throughout the Americas through the Suzuki Method.
Browse Professional Journals
Professional journals are a great place to learn from experts about the most recent developments in your field.
Search articles online or browse the Allen Library current periodicals (near the Allen entrance). See especially:
Listings for professional performance and teaching jobs, plus competitions, instrument sales, and more.
Orchestral Audition Repertoire Lists
Official audition repertoire lists for past vacancies in many American orchestras.
A forum for violists to discuss technique, work together, and inform each other of their viola-related activities. Members include students, teachers, professionals, and amateurs.
Career Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Becoming an Orchestral Musician by
Call Number: ML3795 D28 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2004
How to succeed in joining and surviving in an orchestra or ensemble. Includes sections on auditioning, conductors, performing philosophies, the highs and lows of performing, and more.
Mastering the Art of Performance by
Call Number: ML457 G67 M37 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2006
Gives practical insights into solving performance problems with real-life examples and exercises.
Private Music Lessons by
Call Number: MT1 C65 2019 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2019
Covers setting and achieving musical goals, how to teach different types of learners, and the logistics of studio teaching.
The String Instrument Owner's Handbook by
Call Number: ML750 P34 2015 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2015
A roadmap for every step of the owning process from selecting and buying (or renting) to maintaining, repairing, modifying, upgrading, and reselling your instrument.
Music Career Books in the Allen Library (selections)
Here are a few books with information for succeeding in almost any music career.
How to Make It in the New Music Business by
Call Number: ML3795 H46 2017 [Allen shelves]
A tutorial on tasks such as negotiating contracts, booking a tour, getting songs in film and TV, earning royalties, and more. Learn the tools available in today's world and how to effectively leverage them to make money.
Music Industry Forms by
Call Number: ML3790 F45 M87 [Allen shelves]
Charts, plots, diagrams, checklists, and agreements to help you clarify your work, track critical details, and maintain quality control. Includes forms for performance, touring, technology, composition, business, teaching, and more.
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