Violist Gretchen Frazier provides an overview of some of the best writing for the viola (or music that we steal from other instruments) with excerpts from a variety of composers including Schumann, Dvorak, Ginastera, Hindemith and Clarke. Audience questions are welcome!
Gretchen Frazier has served as Assistant Principal Viola with Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Charleston (SC) Symphony, and the former Savannah Symphony Orchestra, where she made several solo appearances. She has been a member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons and recently became a member of the Hartford Symphony. Chamber music performances with the Fischbach Quartet, Trio Apollinaire and Chamber Music Charleston, in addition to regular solo recitals, have rounded out her viola career. She has performed at many festivals, including Rochester (VT) Chamber Music, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera Theatre of Lucca.
Gretchen enjoys eclectic styles of playing in projects such as Bivolita Klezmer Chamber Ensemble, Madame Thalia’s Vaudeville Troupe, and the award-winning Girls from Ruby Falls.
An avid music educator via her home studio, Gretchen has served as a teacher/clinician at the Beaufort County Strings Festival, Elm City Chamber Fest, and Hartt Summer Intensive. She currently conducts instrumental ensembles at Hamden Hall Day School.Gretchen has studied with Pamela MacConnell, the Tokyo String Quartet, Masao Kawasaki, Connie Lorber, and Catherine Carroll. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Cosponsored by Shoreline Village CT.