YYSO Viola Masterclass
Time & Location
About the Event
$5 YYSO Members
$15 Non-YYSO participants
About the Master:
Based in Washington, DC, violist Bill Neri performs on stages across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Bill currently holds the Assistant Principal Viola position with The York Symphony Orchestra and is a section Violist with The Fairfax Symphony. In the summer of 2019 he performed with Central City Opera in Colorado during their productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Britten’s Billy Budd. Additional orchestral engagements have found Bill playing with The National Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, PostClassical Ensemble, and others.
Bill collaborates with The Sphinx Organization, an organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. He currently serves as Project Manager for The National Alliance for Audition Support, an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. He has also toured nationally as a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras.
In 2015, he performed with Southbank Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London that brings 33 musicians together from around the world to engage in an intensive program of performing and community outreach. While in London, William worked as a community outreach leader, teacher, and performer. He also worked side-by-side with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and members of The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House. Southbank Sinfonia performs across Britain and Europe with repertoire programs from Baroque to Jazz.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Music degree under the guidance of Victoria Chiang at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he was a recipient of the Christian A. Johnson scholarship. He continued his studies with Dan Foster at The University of Maryland College Park as a graduate ensemble assistant and earned a Master of Music degree in 2016.
Bill Neri plays on Viola Opus 690, made by Douglas Cox, violin maker in Brattleboro, Vermont through a Sphinx Music Organization loan.