WIU Violin Studies

Graduate Assistantship Available for the 2018–19 Academic Year

WIU is pleased to announce one assistantship opportunity for a national or international violinist. The winning candidate will perform in the Julstrom String Quartet. The other members of the quartet are faculty members at WIU: Julieta Mihai, violin, Istvan Szabo, viola, and Moises Molina, cello. Information about the graduate assistantship is attached below. Compensation includes a full tuition waiver for all graduate credits (not including fees), a tuition waiver for summer courses, and a stipend of $5032 per academic year. The total financial benefit is $10,743.58 per year for domestic students, and $16,419.16 per year for international students.

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Violin graduate assistantship

Assistantship Benefits

Full tuition waiver for all graduate credits
Tuition waiver for summer courses
$5032 yearly stipend
Total financial benefit: $10,743.58 for domestic students and $16,419.16 per year for international students


  • BM or BA degree in music
  • Evidence of strong performance skills as determined by live or video audition with supporting materials
  • Enrollment as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a WIU School of Music graduate program


Audition and application materials must be completed as soon as possible to receive full consideration for assistantships.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Julieta Mihai

String Area Coordinator

Email: J-Mihai@wiu.edu

Phone: 309-331-3835

WIU Violin Studies

Graduate assistantship violin


WIU is also happy to announce an opportunity of a full undergraduate scholarship (tuition waiver plus a stipend) for an international violin student for Fall 2018. The scholarship covers the cost of studies and provides additional funding for four years, which will enable the student to earn a Bachelor’s of Music degree. I am providing a link below describing the necessary requirements for this scholarship and admission to WIU School of Music. The recipient of this scholarship will participate in the Presidential International Quartet, a prestigious quartet composed of highly talented international undergraduate students. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

WIU President’s International String Quartet



The School of Music at Western Illinois University provides undergraduate and graduate violin students performance opportunities in solo recitals, concerti, chamber music, and orchestral ensembles. With approximately 250 music majors and 43 full-time faculty in the School of Music, a ratio of 6:1, there is an ideal atmosphere of accessibility and consistency for our students. The School of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Currently, my violin studio at Western Illinois University is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from Europe, Asia, and the United States. My students are winners of prestigious regional and national competitions in the USA including the 2014 national first prize https://www.facebook.com/wiuviolins/?ref=bookmarkswinner and the 2017 third prize winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist String Competition. They also won concerto competitions at Western Illinois University and Brevard Summer Festival. My students have gone on to receive graduate assistantships for masters and doctorate programs at some of the best schools of music. Also, they were awarded stipends at prestigious summer festivals such as Brevard Summer Festival and Manchester Music Festival. If you have any questions about violin studies at WIU, please do not hesitate to email me. I would be happy to schedule a campus visit and a complimentary violin lesson for you.

WIU violin studio



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