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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a note on the OVS Facebook page. We welcome your suggestions and involvement, and look forward to leading the organization onward!