Gloria J. offers Violin Lessons

Tutor in San Francisco, CA 94121

San Francisco, CA 94121


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Price starts at: $67.00

Subjects: Viola, Violin

Born into a musical family in 1966, I have extensive performance experience as a classical violinist and violist, and I’ve been composing my own music since 2000. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the finest teachers of violin, viola and chamber music, and I graduated in 1990 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, one of the best conservatories in the world. I’ve played often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and I was the Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 6 years.

I’d like to pass on the knowledge gained from my years of playing in orchestras, chamber groups and solo concerts. My teachers taught me the most refined techniques of tone production and continually showed me how to make the music come alive emotionally and tell a story.

I’ve also played a lot of music by contemporary composers, in groups like Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, as well as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in the Bay area. Some special tours I went on were with the Philip Glass Ensemble and with Tan Dun, the composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

My own compositional adventures started in the the late 1990’s when I started improvising with a DJ mix in a small club. Since then I have experimented a lot with pickups and electric violin. I’ve created surround sound collages, improvised music for modern dance, and learned digital audio editing skills. I am knowledgable about Pro Tools and Ableton Live. If you are interested in electric violin, looping or using MIDI effects, I can share what I’ve learned about these things.

You can make music and be creative no matter what playing level you are on. I believe in having fun as you learn, and I stress learning by example and by ear. Reading music is good, too, but often that gets in the way of listening. We will build a foundation step by step and add on elements when you are ready. Also – I can help you be relaxed as you play. I have never had tendonitis or another occupational injury, thanks to good posture and technique. Body awareness is part of the process. Let’s have fun- – you can do this!

NOTE: for students age 7 to 12, I require the parent to be present at the lesson and take an active interest in the student’s progress. Also, the child must want to play this instrument.

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3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: June 15, 1981 – August 15, 1984
School: Lessons with Fredell Lack
Degree: Private Violin Study

Date: September 15, 1984 – June 15, 1990
School: Curtis Institute of Music
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree
Description: Primary violin teacher: Szymon Goldberg
Other teachers and chamber music coaches: David Cerone, Jascha Brodsky, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle


Date: June 15, 2016
Name: American Viola Society
Description: The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

Date: January 15, 1990
Name: American Federation of Musicians
Description: A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the “National League of Musicians,” the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

Date: January 15, 2014
Name: American Composers Forum
Description: The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.


Date: August 15, 2000
Organization: Music
Title: Composer and Recording Artist

Date: January 15, 1991 – January 15, 2013
Organization: Philadelphia Orchestra
Title: A-list Substitute Violin
Description: Played frequently and toured with the Orchestra when a fulltime member was out sick or on leave.

Date: January 15, 2013 – April 15, 2016
Organization: San Francisco Symphony
Title: A-list Substitute Violin
Description: Played frequently and toured with the Symphony when a fulltime member was out sick or on leave.

Date: September 15, 2005 – June 15, 2011
Organization: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Title: Concertmaster
Description: I played with this chamber orchestra actually since around 1987, when it was called Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Served as Concertmaster for 6 seasons, including a few years after I moved to San Francisco, in August 2007. On iTunes is a live recording of my performance with COP as soloist in the Violin Concerto in G Minor by Prokofiev.


Date: June 15, 1984
Authority: U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Name: Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Date: June 15, 1987
Authority: Irving Klein International String Competition
Name: 1st place winner


Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency

Language: German
Proficiency: Limited Proficiency


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