Virginia Barron

Violist Virginia Barron
Program Host

Virginia is equally adept as a chamber player, orchestral musician, and teacher.

A native of Toronto, Virginia received her training at the University of Toronto and the Manhattan School of Music.  An experienced orchestral player, Virginia has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She has been a regular substitute player with the Chicago Symphony for the past 22 years, and has gone on six international tours with the orchestra, playing under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti.

An ardent chamber musician, Virginia has served the Colorado College Summer Music Festival for 23 years as performer, teacher and associate director. In addition, she has served as associate director and director of education of the Sweetwater Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario. Other summer chamber music festivals she has appeared at include Ravinia, Grand Teton, Algonquin and Yellow Barn.

She has performed frequently with New Music Concerts and Soundstreams in Toronto, and A Musical Feast and the Slee Sinfonietta in Buffalo, where she now resides. A dedicated teacher, she has taught viola, violin and chamber music at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill.

Virginia lives in Elmwood Village with her partner, Charles Smith, two dogs, Zelda and Molly, and Moonie the cat. When not playing or teaching the viola, Virginia is an aspiring dressage rider (on her draft-cross horse Harvey), gardener and cook. She is delighted to be joining the team at Classical 94.5 WNED!