David Rose, Associate Professor
About the Area:
Life with the viola at The State University of New York at Fredonia consists of weekly
hour long lessons (in both Performance and Music Education), a weekly master class,
chamber music, and orchestra.
The performance opportunities for both the Music Education and Performance degrees
are plentiful, culminating in a senior recital for Music Education students, and a
junior and senior recital for performance students.
The viola lesson is where you learn the craft of the viola, how to practice, and ultimately
how to teach yourself. The goal of the lesson is to learn to play the viola as effortlessly
as possible, and to interpret the great masterworks.
The recital seminar (or master class) is where we learn to perform. Music is, and
always will be, a performing art. What we do on an instrument won't amount to much
if it is not shared. Everyone in the viola studio, regardless of the degree, is given
equal attention and nurturing in the art of performing.
Chamber music is encouraged for all students. Playing in a quartet or a trio is the
best place to learn to listen (a musician's most important skill), and stretch out
beyond your own world. Weekly coachings are given culminating in a performance at
the end of term.
The atmosphere which is cultivated in the Fredonia viola studio is supportive, serious
when necessary, light-hearted whenever possible, and in pursuit of artistry on the
greatest of instruments – the VIOLA!
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings