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Stephen Wyrczynski is a Professor of Music, Viola at the Jacobs School of Music and Chair of the String Department at Indiana University. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, joining them in 1992. He began violin studies at age eight and eventually switched to the viola at age sixteen. In 1983 he began viola studies with Kim Kashkashian and later with Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory where he became her teaching assistant. He went on to receive his bachelor degree in 1988 from Juilliard where he continued to be her assistant. He was then accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, then Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He earned a diploma there in 1991.
He keeps an active teaching schedule. He is also an artist faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to teaching private lessons, he conducts a seminar in orchestral audition repertoire and techniques. He has taught at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida and Mannes College of Music in New York where he has done quarterly coachings in orchestral repertoire. He has also taught at the Curtis Institute of Music, the National Orchestral Institute, and the New York State Summer School for Orchestral Studies.
As a chamber musician, he has played in many of the North America’s celebrated venues. He has had performances at the Aspen Music Festival, CO; Le Domaine Forget, QC; the New Port Music Festival, RI; the Grand Teton Music Festival, WY; Tanglewood, Lenox, MA; Kingston Music Festival, RI; the Casal’s Music Festival, PR; El Paso Pro Musica, TX; and the Apollo Chamber Players, Denver,CO. He also has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Edgar Meyer, and Dawn Upshaw.