​​Saturday, January 14, 2017
​9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cowles Music Center, Whitworth University

Registration Fee: $75

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​Following Viva Viola! 2017:
Recital at Whitworth Cowles Music Center Recital Hall
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Patricia McCarty, viola
Aram Arakelyan, piano

This workshop is an opportunity for violists and violinists of all levels to explore and celebrate the world of the viola. Viva Viola! 2017 is open to viola and violin students, middle-school to adults of all levels (Membership in the Spokane Youth Symphony is NOT required for participation.) Plan to come and be inspired about this amazing instrument by participating in group ensembles, a master class (for a limited number of advanced players), a lecture/demonstation by a world-class violist and participation in a final performance. Make plans to attend!  

Guest Clinician

From Bach to Keith Jarrett, Patricia McCarty’s performances on five continents have been acclaimed for communicating “a dark tone analogous to the quality of a fine tawny port” [Strad], & “the fine blue-flamed torch of her mind” [Ottawa Citizen]. Her recordings for Northeastern, ECM & Ashmont have received international accolades including  Gramophone’s “Critics’ Choice” & Strad “Selection CD”.

She has appeared as soloist with the Detroit, Houston, Kyoto and Shinsei Nihon symphonies, Boston Pops, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Turiae Camerata of Valencia, and in recitals including  New York, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Valencia, Geneva, Caracas, five International Viola Congresses, and a debut at London’s Wigmore Hall hailed by the Times to be “an outstanding exhibition of string playing of the highest American class.”  Winner of the First Silver Medal and Radio Prize in the Geneva International Competition when she was eighteen, Ms. McCarty graduated the following year magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Francis Bundra. She has also been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grants and the John Knowles Paine Award for performance of new American music.

As chamber musician Ms. McCarty has performed at festivals including Aspen, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Bay Chamber Concerts, Bowdoin, Aria (Canada), Hokkaido (Japan), and the Australian String Academy. Former member of the Lenox Quartet, she has also toured with Music from Marlboro, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom she has recorded works by Brahms and Dvorak. Other collaborations include musicians as diverse as composer Lou Harrison and his gamelan ensemble, contralto Maureen Forrester, violinist Joseph Silverstein, and jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, whose work Bridge of Light for viola and orchestra Ms. McCarty commissioned, premiered and has recorded for ECM.

Ms. McCarty has performed numerous world premieres, and her research of viola repertoire and pedagogy has been published in Strad, Symphony Magazine, Strings, American Viola Society Journal, American String Teacher and the book Playing & Teaching Viola, published in 2005 by American String Teachers Association. She has given master classes throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Venezuela, Australia and Spain, and her translated articles have appeared in Korean and Dutch string teaching publications. Former assistant principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Patricia McCarty presently is faculty member of the Meadowmount School of Music, where she teaches viola, chamber music, and professional orchestral audition preparation. Her former students are employed in professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, university and pre-college faculties worldwide.

Aram Arakelyan, piano

Armenian pianist, Aram Arakelyan performs as a collaborator throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Aram wears many hats, from collaborative partner to a chamber musician, to an orchestral and choral keyboardist, an arranger, a class ballet pianist, and sometimes even a graphic designer.

Aram has been an official pianist for the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2015 International Horn Symposium. He has also been on staff at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. He has been one of the primary pianists in the viola studio of Donald McInnes. And for the past three years, Aram was the pianist for the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe, with whom he performed at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea, and 12th China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, China. Among the conductors Aram has worked with are Gerhardt Zimmermann, Jerry Junkin, Larry Livingston, Barlow Bradford, Maria Guinand, In-Gi Min, Scott Yoo, Robert Spillman and Helmuth Rilling.

Aram holds degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin, and recently completed a Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts at the University of Southern California, where he held a teaching assistantship in the area of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. His mentors have included Susan Duehlmeier, Anne Epperson, Norman Krieger and Alan Smith. Aram is currently a member of the faculty of new Collaborative Piano program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

Viva Viola! 2017

Viva Viola! 2017


P.O. Box 9547  Spokane, WA  99209


Spokane Youth Symphony

Patricia McCarty, viola
Guest Clinician