Andrea Priester Houde, viola
Andrea Priester Houde is an American violist whose genuine love and dedication to her craft can be seen in performances around the world and in the unique environment of her teaching studio. Ms. Houde is Associate Professor of Viola and String Area Coordinator at West Virginia University. She serves on the artist faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Master Players Festival and is a board member of the American Viola Society.
Ms. Houde has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her versatility has led to such opportunities as performing tango with Astor Piazzolla’s godson and playing in a rock band on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. She has recorded for the Delos, Parma, and Albany record labels. Her solo album, The American Viola, features early to contemporary American works for the viola, including the historic world premiere of the first American viola composition.
Ms. Houde has a zeal for teaching and pedagogy that equals that of her performances. In 2017, the West Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association recognized her as “Studio Teacher of the Year.” She was formerly on the faculty at the University of Delaware and has given performances and master classes at the International Viola Congress in New Zealand, the American Viola Society Festivals at the Colburn School and Oberlin Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Camp, Quebec Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, University of Virginia, Penn State University, Tennessee Viola Celebration, Virginia Violapalooza, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, among others. Ms. Houde has presented at four American String Teachers Association National Conferences and is an active clinician and adjudicator. She provides community engagement through hosting Viola Days at West Virginia University and directing the WVU Viola Bootcamp. Studies were at the University of Memphis with Lenny Schranze and at the Peabody Conservatory with Victoria Chiang. Other teachers include Heidi Castleman, Jeffrey Irvine, Mark Jackobs, and David Holland. Pedagogy studies were with Rebecca Henry and Drs. Laura and Harlan Parker.