Andrea Priester Houde

Instructor of Viola, Interlochen Arts Camp

Associate 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 Associate Professor of Viola and String Area Coordinator at West Virginia University, the violist of the WVU Chamber Players, and former Principal Viola of the Lancaster Symphony. 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.

Houde has given performances and master classes across the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. 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 solo 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. Specializing in viola pedagogy, Houde combines performance and teaching in clinics and presentations, including WVU Viola Days and Viola Bootcamps. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with her husband, Albert, and their four children.