Violist; Director, Community Outreach

Michelle Gasworth enjoys a multifaceted career performing regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and can be heard on recordings for major motion pictures. As the Director of Community Outreach at Chamber Music | OC, Michelle cultivates relationships with local community organizations ranging from adult health facilities to shelters for battered women and children, and develops musical workshop presentations unique to the needs of each.

Michelle has performed as Principal Violist for the Riverside County Philharmonic, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra where she appeared as soloist along with Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs in a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. While living in Dallas, Michelle performed regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and was a member of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra for its first three seasons. Other festival appearances include the National Orchestral Institute, and AIMS in Graz, Austria.

As a member of the Bancroft String Quartet, Michelle traveled to Japan to perform at the Upbeat Tokachi Music Festival and to present educational children’s concerts in 2009. The following year, the ensemble was invited for a ten-day residency at the South China University of Technology. In 2014, Michelle and the other directors of Chamber Music | OC were selected to be Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park where they performed, taught, and initiated various community engagement projects.

A current resident of Orange County, California, Michelle regularly records for soundtracks of major motion pictures and is a core member of Definiens, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to building diverse classical music audiences with an emphasis on music by living composers. She appears on notable Southern California chamber music series such as Art of Élan, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music | OC, and others.

As a music educator, Michelle has been on faculty at the Orange County School of the Arts, the Birch Creek Music Performance Center and was a Teaching Assistant at the University of North Texas. She leads sectionals for the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra and Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a private teaching studio. Michelle is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chamber Music Camp at the David Adler Music and Arts Center.

Michelle is committed to using music as a means for social change, and while working at the International Rescue Committee, she created a music therapy class for refugees who have recently immigrated to the United States. Currently, Michelle works at the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center as a teacher and director for their Strings Program.

Michelle holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Past teachers and mentors include Dr. Susan Dubois, Mark Jackobs, Jeffrey Irvine and Roland Vamos.

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