Join Dr. Meidell and featured guest artist Melissa Reardon on
September 10th for Viola Day 2022!
Please join Dr. Katrin Meidell and a featured viola guest artist for master classes, presentations, mass viola ensemble, and more! Viola Days are full of viola inspiration and viola fun! For high school and college students.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Katrin Meidell.
Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival
Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, ME, Artist in Residence at Bard College and Conservatory and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). As a member of the Enso String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center to name a few. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions. A sought-after collaborative musician and teacher, Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro. She held the post of Associate Professor of Viola at East Carolina University from 2007-2013, and earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in Rhinebeck, NY/NYC with their nine-year-old son Linus.
- September 2021 Viola Day Guest
- Matthew Lipman, internationally acclaimed soloist
- September 2019 Viola Day Guest
- Professor Carol Rodland, Professor of Viola, The Juilliard School
- January 2019 Viola Day Guest
- Dr. Susan Dubois, Professor of Viola, University of North Texas