Welcome to the CU Boulder Viola Studio! We have a wonderfully engaging group of students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. It is a warmly supportive studio atmosphere, with everyone invested in helping each other grow as violists and musicians. Our studio is very lucky to have the wonderful Geraldine Walther, violist of the world-renowned Takács Quartet, as a very active part of our teaching team. Whenever her travels allow, she is most happy to hear all the viola students in private lessons. This dedicated teaching team of faculty and teaching assistants strive to create an environment of growth and self-discovery, unique for each student.
CU Boulder offers a number of performance opportunities, from the weekly viola studio and string performance classes to the CU Symphony, Eklund Opera and Chamber Orchestras, the Early Music Ensemble—a group that meets weekly and performs with a school-owned set of Baroque bows—Pendulum New Music Series— a monthly series that partners CU student composers with CU student performers—our vital chamber music program—which includes weekly coaching with CU-Boulder faculty, occasional coachings with the Takacs Quartet and coachings with the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. Additional programs of interest include a very active Entrepreneurship Center for Music, Musician’s Wellness Program and an exciting CU Boulder College of Music Study Abroad program, Renaissance in the XXI Century in Florence, Italy.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Erika Eckert, Associate Professor of Viola at University of Colorado Boulder, and summer faculty member at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, also served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Chautauqua Institution. As co-founder of the Cavani Quartet, she performed on major concert series worldwide and garnered an impressive list of awards and prizes, including first prize at the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. In recent seasons, Ms. Eckert has performed as guest-violist with the Takács Quartet, appearing with them in Canada, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon and Vermont. She has soloed with the Music in the Mountains Purgatory Festival Orchestra, Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Other performing engagements include 400th Galileo Anniversary at the American Academy in Rome, El Paso Pro Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Sitka Summer Music Festival and Niagara International Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Eckert has also performed chamber music recitals at the International French Horn, Flute and Double-Reed Conventions and solo performances at SEAMUS and ICMC electronic music national and international conferences. Teaching engagements include the North American Viola Institute in Orford, Canada, ASTA International Workshops in Australia and Norway, Perlman Music Program and Quartet Program. Ms. Eckert also served as adjudicator for the NFAA Arts Recognition and Talent Search, the exclusive nominating agency for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and appeared in their Academy Nominated Documentary, "Rehearsing a Dream." Read her full bio.
Before joining the Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado, Geraldine Walther was Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony for 29 years. Early in her career she served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony. She studied at the Curtis Institute with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and at the Manhattan School of Music with Lillian Fuchs, and in 1979 she won first prize at the William Primrose International Competition. She had been on the music faculty of The San Francisco Conservatory, Notre Dame de Namur University, and Mills College and conducted master classes at numerous universities and festivals. Ms. Walther has performed as soloist on numerous occasions with the San Francisco Symphony and given the U.S. premieres of Michael Tippett’s Triple Concerto in 1981, Tôru Takemitsu’s A String Around Autumn in 1990, Peter Lieberson’s Viola Concerto in 1999, George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola (together with SFS Associate Principal Violist Yun Jie Liu), also in 1999, and theViola Concerto by Robin Holloway. Read her full bio.