Carol Rodland is an American viola player who studied with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School. She was Tuttle's teaching assistant for several years before taking a position as a viola teacher at the New England Conservatory. In February 2008, it was announced that Rodland would join the faculty at the Eastman School of Music for the Fall 2008 semester, replacing the retiring John Graham. She is a recipient of a Fulbright grant.
William Primrose CBE was a Scottish violist and teacher. He performed with the London String Quartet from 1930 to 1935. He then joined the NBC symphony orchestra where he formed the Primrose Quartet. He performed in various countries around the world as a soloist throughout his career. Primrose also taught at several universities and institutions. He is the author of several books on viola technique.
Catherine R. Rodland is an organist and church musician best known for her recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She also holds a teaching position at St. Olaf College.
Kim Kashkashian is an American violist. She is recognized as one of the world's top violists. She has spent her career in the US and Europe and collaborated with many major contemporary composers. In 2013 she won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
Hilary Tann is a Welsh composer based in the United States.
Leroy Burrill Phillips was an American composer, teacher, and pianist.
Joseph Clyde Schwantner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, educator and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2002. He was awarded the 1970 Charles Ives Prize.
Augusta Read Thomas is an American composer, professor, and supporter of the arts.
Atar Arad is an Israeli American violist, professor of music, essayist and composer.
Karen Ritscher is an American violist and academic.
Helen Cha-Pyo is a Korean-born American conductor and organist. The Mail Tribune of Oregon describes her as being "on the front edge of a lustrous career as a conductor."
Jennifer Stumm is a concert violist, professor of viola at the University of Music and Arts of the City of Vienna and director of the Ilumina Festival in São Paulo.
Karen Tuttle was an American viola teacher, famous for her "coordination" technique, which emphasizes being comfortable while playing the instrument. She was originally a violinist who chose to become a violist when she wanted to study with William Primrose, whose technique and ease in playing the viola she greatly admired.
Peter Slowik is a professor of viola and head of the string department at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Before teaching at Oberlin, Slowik taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, and Wheaton College (Illinois) as a guest lecturer and viola instructor. He has received awards in teaching excellence from Oberlin, Northwestern, and the American Viola Society. Some of his former viola students perform in major US orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra, and in university appointments across the nation.
Martha Strongin Katz is a violist and member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches viola and chamber music. She was a founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, along with her former husband, Paul Katz (cellist), and Peter Salaff and Donald Weilerstein (violinists). From 1969 until her departure from the group in 1980, she performed more than 1,000 concerts, including appearances at the White House, the Grammy Awards, on the NBC Today Show, and in the major concert halls of five continents.
Sheila Browne is an American-Irish concert violist from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania with dual citizenship. She is a concert and recording artist and Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. For ten years she was on faculty and Associate Professor of Viola at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Named the William Primrose Recitalist of 2016 in conjunction with the Primrose International Viola Archive (PIVA), Ms. Browne has played solo, concerto and chamber music concerts and has played principal of orchestras on six continents, performing in major venues in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. She is in the Fire Pink Trio and principal of the New York Women's Philharmonic, making her Carnegie- Stern Hall concerto debut in 2011. Browne is the Director and faculty member of the January Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop, founder in 2015 and faculty member of the first European Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop at NYU- Prague 2016, and has served on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society Ms. Browne was the violist of the Gotham, Arianna, Pelligrini and Serafin string quartets. She has served on the faculties of Duke and New York universities, University of Missouri- St. Louis and of Tennessee- Knoxville, and Juilliard's Music Advancement Program.
Michelle LaCourse is a viola player and string department chair on the faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Wayne Brewster Barlow was an American composer of classical music. He was also a professor of music, organist, and choir director.
Gregory Mertl is an American composer that has garnered commissions from the Tanglewood Music Center (1999), the Rhode Island Philharmonic (2000), the Tarab Cello Ensemble (2001), the Phoenix Symphony (2001), the Wind Ensembles of the Big Ten Universities (2002), the Ostrava Oboe Festival, Czech Republic, Kenneth Meyer and the Hanson Institute (2006), the University of Oregon (2013), CSTMA (2013), counter)induction (2016), the University of Niš (2016), and the Barlow Endowment for a piano concerto for pianist Solungga Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Craig Kirchhoff, conductor, which was premiered in November, 2011 and released by Bridge Records in May 2017.
Caroline Coade is an American violist who was born and raised in San Diego. She began playing violin at the age of 6 but switched to viola when she turned 14. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and then pursued her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory as well as the Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music followed by Master's from the Juilliard School. In those schools she was under guidance from Karen Tuttle, Joyce Robbins, Jeffrey Irvine, David Takeno, Dave Holland, and Eugene Becker. She is a participant of Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Laurel Festival of the Arts and Marlboro Music Festival. She has played in the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, as well as the New York Philharmonic. She currently serves as a member of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival's faculty and Bowdoin International Music Festival as well, prior to which she also was a National Music Festival faculty member.
Virginia Majewski was an American viola and viola d’amore player.