We are pleased to announce that Heidi Castleman, Professor of Viola at The Juilliard School, will join our summer 2013 faculty. Her participation as an Interlochen Valade Fellow is an outstanding opportunity for young violists to study with one of the world's preeminent artist-teachers of viola. Ms. Castleman will work with high school viola students in the six-week Orchestra Summer Program, to which we are now accepting applications.
Ms. Castleman has also taught the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Rice University and Philadelphia Musical Academy. She has performed as a member of the former New York String Sextet and as a guest artist with ensembles including the Cleveland, Audubon, Lydian and Cavani Quartets. Master classes and lecture-demonstrations include those given in Vienna, Salzburg, Lubeck, Shanghai, South Korea, as well as in Montreal, Chicago, Dallas, Interlochen and Boulder.
A founding trustee of Chamber Music America (and its President from 1983 to 1987), Ms. Castleman also served on the Boards of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the Aspen Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Fischoff Competition. Ms. Castleman has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including both the state (Ohio) and national American String Teacher Association "Teacher of the Year" award (1994 and 2004), the Chamber Music America "Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award" (2001), the American Viola Society "Maurice W. Riley Viola Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Viola" (2004), and in 2006 an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Montreal.
The Valade Fellows program at Interlochen was established in 2001 through a generous gift by Margaret and Gary Valade. The program's mission is to increase the calibre of the summer music faculty, master classes and recitalists.