Chair of Strings, Interlochen Arts Academy; Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Viola Institute
M.M., Viola Performance, University of Michigan; B.M., Viola Performance, Eastman School of Music
Renee Skerik is Instructor of Viola and Chamber Music at Interlochen Arts Academy. Renee is violist with the Interlochen String Trio and performs regularly with its members Ara Sarkissian and Patrick Owen. Formerly Professor of Viola at Texas Tech University School of Music and violist of the Botticelli String Quartet, she toured throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, including performances at the 33rd International Viola Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has given numerous presentations and performances at the Texas Music Educators Convention, ASTA National Conferences and American Viola Society Conventions. Prior to her positions in Texas and Interlochen Renee served as violist with the Artaria String Quartet, a Minnesota-based prizewinning quartet of the 2004 prestigious McKnight competition and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Melliniel grant for performing artists. With this group she toured throughout the United States presenting concerts and masterclasses, and appeared on public radio and television. Renee has worked with young violists in master class settings throughout the United States and South America. Her most recent include master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. During the summers she serves on the faculties of the Interlochen Viola Institute, The Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute, and the Montecito International Music Festival. Previous festivals include: the Green Mountain Music Festival, The Quartet Program, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Bravo! Summer Chamber Music Institute, Stringwood and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Past chamber music collaborations include performances with Cho-Liang Lin, Margaret Batjer, Molly Gebrian, Yizhak Schotten, Thomas Landeschoot, Janos Starker, Raphael Hillyer, Arnold Steinhardt, Charles Castleman, Thomas Rosenberg and Karen Kim. Her principal teachers were Heidi Castleman, Yizhak Schotten and David Holland.