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LaCourse, Michelle

She is a violist who took her musical studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Entering into her career as a professional musician, she has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Asia, Europe, South America and throughout the United States.  She has also taken part in many music festivals at venues in the US, Austria, Luxembourg, Brazil and Italy among others.  The ensembles and orchestra she has performed during her career to date include the Aeolian Trio, the Baltimore Symphony the Delphic String Trio and the Lehigh Quartet and she has been Principal Viola for the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Chamber Orchestra of Grenoble France.  She is also involved with the Chamber Music Foundation of New England.

Advocating new compositions for the viola, she has recorded works that she commissioned from the composer James Grant.  These have since appeared on the critically acclaimed CD Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano by James Grant.

In the field of musical education she was her previous tutor Karen Tuttle’s teaching assistant on a long-term basis and carried on to work annually at the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.  She also teaches at the Tanglewood Institute and gives master classes all over the country.  She is holds the position of Head of String Department and Associate Professor of Music, Viola, on the faculty of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and often performs with her co-worker, the pianist Martin Amlin.

In recognition for her teaching work she was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize by Boston University in 2009.

She performs on viola here…