Andrea Priester Houde

Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor of Viola, West Virginia University

G.P.D., Viola Performance, Peabody Institute; M.M., Viola Performance/Pedagogy, Peabody Institute; B.M., Viola Performance, University of Memphis

Andrea Priester Houde is a 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. Houde is Assistant Professor of Viola at West Virginia University, the violist of the WVU Chamber Players, and former Principal Viola of the Lancaster Symphony. She has given performances and master classes across the US and in Europe and Asia and has been on the faculty of Orfeo Music Festival (Italy), Endless Mountain Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Master Players Festival. Specializing in viola pedagogy, Houde combines performance and teaching in clinics and presentations, including Viola Days and Viola Bootcamps. She currently serves on the board of the American Viola Society and is president-elect of WV-ASTA. Recent performances include a world premiere performance in New Zealand at the International Viola Congress, a lecture recital at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and a premiere of a new concerto with the Old Dominion University Orchestra. Her first recording, The American Viola, was released in 2018 by Albany Records and features early to contemporary American works for the viola, including the historic world premiere of the first American viola composition. Houde lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with her husband, Albert, and their four children.