Oregon Viola Society is back online!


Hello Oregon violists (you are receiving this posting if you identify with or support violists in the gorgeous state of Oregon):  We are a fee-free volunteer interest group, and our interest is in the VIOLA.   Our website is www.oregonviola.org, and our public FaceBook page is called the Oregon Viola Society.  Join us!  We are a free organization.

We are back online!  We lost the password to post into our Oregon Viola Society webpage and did our postings on FB, but lost a few souls who do not do FB.  So here we are:  Let us take a moment to reiterate our accomplishments this year:

  1. We have successfully incorporated as a 501(c) nonprofit organization;
  2. We have expanded our board of directors to include Al Faruolo, the violin/bow maker in Vancouver who studied with Karen Tuttle at Peabody and long ago played in the Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera, and Stephen Price, formerly with the Oregon Symphony.  Ovation Arts consultant, Michael Shaw has given excellent guidance with regard to the ins and outs of OVS filings, registrations, bylaw and incorporation papers etc. at the state and federal level.
  3. At our recent board meeting, we came up with a number of ideas that we wish to implement in the next year (September through end of 2017), specifically:
    1. Viola Showcase to showcase instruments and local instrument makers, that might also include performances by soloists, duos, trios, a viola orchestra.  Vendors would pay a table fee to participate, with a small entrance fee.
    2. Adjudicated event for local viola students to receive student scholarships
    3. A “Speed Teaching” event, a mashup of “speed dating” and “master class”, Eight to ten teachers, participants spend 10 minutes with each teacher for instant feedback to each participant from a lot of different well-known viola teachers in the area.  The event might even close with all students performing in a group viola ensemble piece.
    4. Viola Boot Camp, much like the the recent Violin Boot Camp
    5. Viola Music Camp, a two-week camp that would include group etudes, a viola orchestra, private lessons, small ensembles, practice time, workshops…
    6. New Music, an OVS-commissioned new work for a viola orchestra of at least five parts.  Names of local composers suggested were many, including John Newton, Linda Woody, Kenji Bunch, Tim Jensen…

So there you have it–some fun ideas that we ask for your comments, advice, support, and interest.  What might you be interested in taking place right away?  Any volunteers for any of these offerings?  Don’t worry, we’ll call you, if you don’t call us!

Warmest regards, Oregon Viola Society Board:  Dr. Sharon Eng, President; Dorianne Reinheardt Paul, Secretary; Shelley Mathewson, Treasurer; Al Farulo and Steve Price, Members at Large; Mike Shaw, OVS consultant



XX Century Chamber Music for Violas and Diverse Instruments – A night of wonderful music!


On Sunday, June 3, from 7 – 9:30 pm, eight violists and their colleagues converged on The Old Church in Portland, OR to play a night of wonderful music – all celebrating the viola! Audience members were treated to music ranging from lyrical selections, some old-time viola fiddling, and a composition where the viola imitated the market cries of village vendors from rural Sicily. The photo is from the grand finale – Apocalyptica’s ‘Faraway’ scored for eight violas (and a few other friends) – what a sound! Many, many thanks to all the musicians, who donated their time and talent to make this concert happen. Huge thanks to all who donated so generously to the OVS’ fledgling scholarship fund – we’re off to a great start! Miss the concert? Keep checking the website for future activities – we’ve got lots of things planned!

The 8 violists - post-Apocalyptica!

Introducing Oregon Viola Society’s New Leadership

Welcome to the Oregon Viola Society (OVS) website!  We’d like to introduce OVS’ new leadership team: Co-Chairs Dr. Sharon Eng and Dorianne Reinhardt Paul, and Shelley Mathewson, Secretary-Treasurer. We also take this opportunity to thank past President, Dr. Miriam English Ward and Secretary-Treasurer, Shauna Keyes for their many years of selfless volunteer service to OVS.

Sharon Eng is a Portland native, alumnus of Portland Youth Philharmonic, PSU and Juilliard (BMus, MMus). She earned a Ph.D in Business and Management focusing in nonprofit organizations from the University of South Australia, led the strings program at the Jakarta (Indonesia) International School, and has an active teaching studio and solo career.

Dorianne Reinhardt Paul works in the field of energy efficiency evaluation. She studied at the Universität Salzburg, Austria, where she attended as many concerts as she possibly could. Originally from the New York City area, she has been a Portlander for over 30 years, and has been an impassioned violist since she picked up the instrument at the age of nine. She currently plays in two local community orchestras – the North Oregon Coast Symphony and the Marylhurst Symphony Orchestra, where she also serves as Music Librarian. She enjoys playing chamber music whenever possible.

Shelley Mathewson is an active freelance musician. She plays in the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestras, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and founded the Delphinium String Quartet.  Native to California, she moved to Portland in the mid-1980s having served as principal violist of the Omaha Symphony. She is an alumnus of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (BMus, MMus).

We are excited to be leading OVS and look forward to organizing viola play-ins, sponsoring master classes, keeping the viola community informed of upcoming events, and eventually sponsoring an annual OVS Viola Scholarship competition. Feel free to email us at 1seunltd@gmail.com, dorianne.reinhardtpaul@hotmail.com, or shellvla@comcast.net, or leave us a note on the OVS Facebook page. We welcome your suggestions and involvement, and look forward to leading the organization onward!

XX Century Chamber Music for Viola and Diverse Instruments

The Oregon Viola Society will sponsor a unique chamber music concert on Sunday, June 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at The Old Church at SW 11th and Clay, Portland. The concert will feature 20th century chamber music written for the viola and diverse instruments. Admission is free; donations will be accepted to help the Oregon Viola Society fund scholarships for young violists.

Twenty-six performers representing some of Portland’s finest professional musicians will be performing nine works. Among the compositions to be performed are Randall Thompson’s Suite for Oboe, Clarinet and Viola; a small work by Portland’s own Jacob Avshalomov entitled “Taking Leave of a Friend” scored for Mezzo Soprano, Flute, Viola and Piano; Seymour Barab’s “The Lovers” for Medium Voice, Clarinet, Viola, Cello and Piano; Vincent Persichetti’s Serenade for Trombone, Viola and Cello, and Luciano Berio’s “Naturale (Su melodie Siciliane)” scored for viola, marimba, gongs and tape showcasing Oregon Symphony’s principal violist, Joël Belgique, and Head of PSU’s percussion department, Dr. Joel Bluestone.

Performers include some of Portland’s most active freelance professional musicians and university music professors. Violist Dr. Miriam English Ward teaches viola and chamber music at Lewis and Clark College and the Rose City Music Academy, and Mr. Belgique and Dr. Bluestone teach their respective instruments at Portland State University. They will be joined by flautist Abby Mages and cellist Justin Kagan of the ensemble 45th Parallel; Shelley Mathewson, principal violist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Opera orchestras; Stephen Price, a long-time Oregon Symphony violist; Alicia Charlton, principal clarinetist with the Columbia Symphony; and Janet Coleman, one of the most sought-after collaborative pianists in the metropolitan area.

A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.

For more information about the concert, please contact
Sharon Eng, Concert Coordinator at 1seunltd@gmail.com

For more information about the Oregon Viola Society, please contact
Dorianne Reinhardt-Paul, Co-Chair, Oregon Viola Society at dorianne.reinhardtpaul@hotmail.com