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Patricia McCarty

Viola; Chamber Music Faculty

Patricia McCarty earned a B.M., magna cum laude, and a M.M. from the University of Michigan. She has performed throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Japan, Venezuela and Australia, appearing as soloist with the Detroit, Houston, Kyoto and Shinsei Nihon symphonies, the Boston Pops, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and TuriaeCamerata of Valencia. Her recital appearances include New York, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Valencia, Geneva, Caracas, five International Viola Congresses and a debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. Winner of the First Silver Medal and Radio Prize in the Geneva International Competition when she was 18, McCarty graduated the following year magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Francis Bundra. She has also been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grants. Her recordings featuring viola works by Clarke, Bach, Telemann, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Jarrett have received international accolades including Gramophone’s “Critics’ Choice” and Strad “Selection CD.”

As chamber musician, McCarty has performed at festivals, including Aspen, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Bay Chamber Concerts, Bowdoin, Hokkaido and the Australian String Academy. A former member of the Lenox Quartet, she has also toured with Music from Marlboro, Boston Chamber Music Society and Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom she has recorded works by Brahms and Dvorak. Other collaborations include musicians as diverse as composer Lou Harrison and his gamelan ensemble, and jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, whose work, Bridge of Light for viola and orchestra, was commissioned and premiered by McCarty and recorded for ECM.

McCarty has performed numerous world premieres, and her research has been published in Strad, Symphony Magazine, Strings, American Viola Society Journal, American String Teacher and the book Playing & Teaching Viola, published in 2005 by American String Teachers Association (ASTA)She has presented master classes throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Venezuela, Australia and Spain, and her translated articles have appeared in Korean and Dutch string teaching publications. 

Former assistant principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), McCarty is presently a faculty member of The Boston Conservatory and the Meadowmount School of Music, where she teaches viola, chamber music and professional orchestral audition preparation. Her former students are employed in professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, university and pre-college faculties worldwide.

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