Minneapolis & St. Paul Violin and Viola Lessons

In-Person and Virtual Violin Lessons

Will’s Teaching Philosophy and Methodology

Winspiration Studio is derived from the words “win” and “inspiration.” As Will pushed himself to untangle the many intricacies of violin technique and discover more nuances of musical performance and expression, he found a more profound inspiration in his craft. This inspiration, along with his desire to win auditions and improve his own reputation as a reliable violinist has shaped who he is as a performer and teacher today.

Will is a Suzuki Method registered violin instructor, however, he does teach in other musical methodology that is most beneficial to his students’ unique learning patterns. Likewise, he teaches patience, control, focus, and planning, with the view that a quality practice is better than the quantity of practices.

Music is its own language, we know now to expect students to learn that language much like they did as a young child; first by listening, then speaking, and eventually reading.

For kids, Will works with parents to ensure the child grows up in a musical household and has regular practice times with their family. Many students who begin violin are at an age where they are not good readers yet, so his students will learn their first book by memory. The pieces are securely learned through regular listening, weekly repetition, and a slow introduction of new skills and concepts.

For adults, Will focuses on teaching ways to refine technique and skill. Whether it is mastering a new concept or fixing a problem you have been stuck on, there is always value to improving musicality.

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How to Start Lessons

Interested in diving into the world of orchestral music? Contact Will via phone or email if you have any questions.

For beginners, here is a helpful list of what to bring to your first lesson:

  • Violin
  • Violin bow
  • Instrument carrying case
  • Rosin & shoulder rest
  • Essential Elements for Strings Book 1
  • Suzuki Violin Method Book 1
  • A pencil
  • Enthusiasm & patience
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"I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be taught by Mr. Samorey, for he guided me to be the violinist who I am to this day. Truly a passionate, dedicated teacher and violinist."

- Dan K.

Pricing

Minneapolis & St. Paul Lessons:
$1 per minute for lessons
Recommended lesson length:
  • Beginner students: 30-minute lessons
  • Intermediate students: 45-minute lessons
  • Advanced students: 60-minute+ lessons
  • I may consider teaching at a student’s home for an additional fee of $10 per lesson
Virtual Lessons:
$1 per minute for lessons
Recommended lesson length:
  • Beginner students: 30-minute lessons
  • Intermediate students: 45-minute lessons
  • Advanced students: 60-minute+ lessons
  • I may consider teaching at a student’s home for an additional fee of $10 per lesson
Bettendorf Lessons:
  • $35 for 30 minutes
  • $50 for 45 minutes
  • $65 for 60 minutes

Sign up is available here: https://qcso.org/education/private-lesson-program/

Rates are set by the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra Private Lesson Program (QCSO PLP.) I only offer virtual lessons.

About Instructor & Musician Will Samorey

Noted for his stylistic versatility and ability to command an audience with his musical storytelling, Will Samorey began his long studies in music in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of four in the Kinder Piano program. During high school, Will was a two-year Iowa All-State musician and section principal. In his senior year he was invited to be the assistant concertmaster of the Buena Vista University University Orchestra Festival in California. Will finished out his high school years at City High School in Iowa City, whose music program has been awarded three times by the Grammy association as one of the top high school music programs in the country.

Will began his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Annette-Barbara Vogel, following her to the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a B.A. in Music with honors in Violin Performance. Other teachers include Won-Bin Yim, Yehonatan Berick, Vasile Beluska, Stacey Woolley, Jonathan Sturm and the Corigliano Quartet, and Jupiter Quartet. While at UWO, he held various positions with the school's symphony orchestra, opera, and musical productions including all principal violin positions and concertmaster.

Professionally, Will has performed in all concentrations from chamber music, to pit orchestras, community, and symphony orchestras. These include: Seven Hills Symphonietta and Jersey Productions where he was the concertmaster; Clermont Philharmonic; International Symphony Orchestra; Middletown Symphony Orchestra; and Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. Currently, Will has tenure with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, is the concertmaster of the Golden Valley Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute with symphonies across Iowa and Minnesota. Will has given solo and chamber music recitals in the Des Moines and Bettendorf and he has performed the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto in Minneapolis.

Will proudly performs on a custom-made violin by 3rd generation violin maker Jennifer Becker. He plays her #34 the “Falcon.” Will is also the proud owner of bows made by Roger Zabinski, Robert Taylor, and Lee Guthrie.

Performances & Services by Will

As a performer, Will performs with the Quad Cities Symphony and the Sioux City Symphony. He occasionally subs with the Des Moines Symphony and gives violin and chamber music recitals around Des Moines and the Quad Cities.

Types of Performances

Will’s primary performances include those he plays as a guest performer for surrounding area symphony orchestras, recitals and concerts.

Affiliated Orchestras

Upcoming Performances

    2021

  1. QCSO Masterworks 1: The New world
    • Saturday, October 2 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, October 3 @ 2:00 PM
  2. SCSO Masterworks 1: Beethoven and Price
    • Saturday, October 16 @ 7:30 PM
  3. QCSO Masterworks 2: Fantasies & Fables
    • Saturday, November 6 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, November 7 @ 2:00 PM
  4. SCSO Masterworks 2: Tchaikovsky’s Sixth
    • Saturday, November 13 @ 7:30 PM
  5. QCSO Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert
    • Saturday, Nov 20 @ 2:00 PM
    • Saturday, Nov 20 @ 7:30 PM
  6. QCSO Masterworks 3: English Serenade
    • Saturday, December 4 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, December 5 @ 2:00 PM
  7. SCSO Christmas With the Symphony
    • Sunday, December 12 @ 3:00 PM

    2022

  8. QCSO Masterworks 4: Bruckner 8
    • Saturday, February 5 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, February 6 @ 2:00 PM
  9. QCSO Masterworks 5: From East to West
    • Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, March 6 @ 2:00 PM
  10. SCSO Masterworks 3: Immersive Vivaldi
    • Saturday, March 12 @ 7:30 PM
  11. QCSO Masterworks 6: Pines of Rome
    • Saturday, April 2 @ 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, April 3 @ 2:00 PM
  12. QCSO Disney’s Frozen in Concert
    • Saturday, May 14 @ 2:00 PM
  13. SCSO Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
    • Saturday, June 11 @ 7:30 PM

Services

Along with performing, Will is also very experienced in playing for services such as weddings and events. From the ceremony to the reception of your wedding, or the integral part of your special event...there are endless possibilities to create that perfect musical moment.

Wedding Pricing:
Wedding Ceremony:
$250
Wedding Dress Rehearsal:
$250
Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour:
$375
Wedding Reception:
$125 / hour
Song Requests:
$25 / song
Mileage:
$0.65 / mile

Request a Performance or Service

If you are interested in booking a performance, please view the pricing and song list below. Whether it is setting the mood to your romantic wedding or playing with versatile energy to bring life to your party, Will is up to the task. Contact Will for an official estimate and to provide details about your event.

"Will's music was perfect for our intimate wedding ceremony. He was easy to work with and extremely professional. My wife and I highly recommend Will. Hire him! You won't regret it!"

- Courtney R.

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For more information, lesson inquiries or performance requests, please contact Will Samorey using the following form.