Music started off as just a hobby of mine when I picked up the violin at nine years old. Little did I know at the time, it would become my career and my passion. I decided to study instrumental performance at Western Michigan University, where I gladly picked up the viola in addition to the violin. There, I studied under the rigorous instruction of well-known musicians, including Renata Artman-Knific (violin, The Merling Trio), Igor Fedotov (viola), and Dmitri Pogorelov (violin, Kontras Quartet). In 2017, I received my bachelor’s degree in violin and viola performance. During my undergraduate career, I actively participated in master classes, chamber group performances, solo recitals, concerto competitions, and had a private teaching studio for three years. Outside of the university, I have had the privilege to perform with the Battle Creek Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, as well as the Kalamazoo Symphony Musicians’ summer concerts. I have also had the opportunity to attend Fresh Inc. Festival, an innovative and collaborative experience run by members of the Fifth House Ensemble. Lastly, I have performed internationally at the Orfeo Summer Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy.
I currently attend DePaul University in Chicago studying viola performance with Wei-Ting Kuo (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Paul Neubauer (Julliard School of Music). Outside of school, I taught at American Music Institute, which provided private lessons, recitals, and camps to young students in the west suburbs of Chicago. I have also recently been accepted into the Chicago Civic Orchestra, which will allow me to work regularly with CSO members, as well as world-renowned musicians, including Riccardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma.
Aaron Houston – Scuttle Buttin’
for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, double bass
Andrew Burke – immovable beings
for trombone, viola, cello, double bass
Dale Osterman – Digital Natives
for string octet