Instructor of Violin, Director of Gallery Players
Via is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she completed her studies with Eric Rosenblith and participated in master classes with Josef Gingold.
Susan Forster Via is a member of the Performing Artist Music Faculty at the College of William and Mary where she teaches applied violin and is director of the Gallery Players, a conductor-less chamber orchestra. She has held positions with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera as Associate Concertmaster, Principal 2nd Violin with the Greensboro Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster with the Williamsburg Symphonia, and also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, and Mallarmé Chamber Players, among others. Ms. Via has served as a faculty and orchestra member of the Eastern Music Festival, and has also performed with the Colorado Music Festival. Additional faculty positions have included the Duke University String School and Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. Susan has a keen interest in early music and performance practice. Performing on baroque violin, she is a member of The Wren Masters, a period music ensemble that has received multi-year touring assistance grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She has also been heard in concert with the Norfolk Chamber Consort and the Governor’s Musick of Colonial Williamsburg. Ms. Via is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eric Rosenblith, and participated in masterclasses with Josef Gingold. Additional teachers have included Raphael Druian and Glenn Dicterow, and on baroque violin, Risa Browder and Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Via has served on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival, Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, And Duke University String School.