Assistant Professor – Viola
Andrea Priester Houde is a violist whose genuine love and dedication to her craft can be seen in performances around the world and in the unique environment of her teaching studio. Ms. Houde is Assistant Professor of Viola at West Virginia University and violist of the WVU Chamber Players. She is on the artist faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Master Players Music Festival and is a board member of the American Viola Society.
Ms. Houde has played as soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her versatility has led to such opportunities as performing tango with Astor Piazzolla’s godson and playing in a rock band on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Chamber music collaborations include a world premiere for the American Viola Society with George Taylor and other performances with violinists Jonathan Carney, Igor Yuzefovich, James Stern, Renata Knific, Hagai Shaham; cellists Ross Harbaugh and Nicholas Tzavares; and bassist DaXun Zhang.
Ms. Houde has a zeal for teaching and pedagogy that equals that of her performances. She was formerly on the faculty at the University of Delaware and has given master classes and performances at the Quebec Conservatory, Orfeo Music Festival (Italy), University of Virginia, Penn State University, Tennessee Viola Celebration, Virginia Violapalooza, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Memphis, and for the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Houde has presented at several American String Teachers Association National Conferences and is an active clinician and adjudicator. She provides outreach through hosting Viola Days at West Virginia University and directing the WVU Viola Bootcamp. Studies were at the University of Memphis with Lenny Schranze and at the Peabody Conservatory with Victoria Chiang. Other teachers include Heidi Castleman, Jeffrey Irvine, Mark Jackobs, and David Holland. Pedagogy studies were with Rebecca Henry and Drs. Laura and Harlan Parker.