Violist; Director of Community Outreach, Mentor Artist

Violist Michelle Gasworth enjoys a multifaceted career having performed regularly with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and at major festivals around the world. Michelle is a member of Definiens, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has performed as principal violist of the Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra. As the Director of Community Outreach at Chamber Music | OC, Michelle cultivates relationships with local community organizations and develops musical workshop presentations.

Michelle has served as Principal Violist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the 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. An active chamber musician, Michelle has been featured on a live radio broadcast at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival performing George Crumb’s “Black Angels”, performed in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra’s “Nature of Strings” series, Art of Élan in San Diego, the Grand County Chamber Music Series in Colorado, and as a guest artist with Trio Céleste. 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.

As a music educator, Michelle has been teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center and 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 committed to using music as a means for social change, and volunteers for the Shropshire Music Foundation – an organization that brings free musical instruction and instruments to children in war-torn countries. While working at the International Rescue Committee, Michelle created a music therapy class for refugees who have recently immigrated to the United States.

Michelle Gasworth holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has participated in numerous festivals including the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and AIMS in Graz. Past teachers and mentors include Dr. Susan Dubois, Mark Jackobs, Jeffrey Irvine and Roland Vamos.

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