Charlotte Van Houten

Charlotte V.

Azusa, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching violin and viola for over 5 years to all levels and ages of students! I tailor my curriculum to each individual student's needs to prepare students for orchestral, solo, and chamber music performance!
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Charlotte delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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Charlotte Van Houten is a violist who has been praised for her passion, drive, and deep musicality. Ms. Van Houten is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University on a generous academic and musical scholarship and is currently a student of Gina Coletti. Previously, Ms. Van Houten was a student of Lynn Grants and Jonathan Moerschel, and took additional lessons with violists Nancy Roth, Darrin McCann, Lorenz Gamma, and Jason Bonham. She has performed in Masterclasses with Gina Coletti, Ben Ullery, Karen Dreyfus, and Alex Russell.

Ms. Van Houten is a highly sought after violist for New Music, and has worked closely with contemporary composers such as Byron Adams, Simeon Goode, S. Jonathan Dinsfriend, and Sarah Wallin Huff on numerous projects. In January of 2018, Ms. Van Houten premiered two pieces written for her: Countdown by Simeon Goode, and Fever Pitch by Sarah Wallin Huff. Ms. Van Houten recently recorded Fever Pitch in mid-March 2018, written for her by Sarah Wallin Huff. The piece is to be released on Sarah Wallin Huff’s upcoming album featuring her Leviathan six-string electric violin concerto. In the Spring of 2019, Ms. Van Houten is slated to be the second violist to perform Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release, with special permission from both Ms. Adolphe, and Cynthia Phelps – principal violist of the New York Philharmonic.

In the Fall of 2016, Ms. Van Houten received an Honorable Mention in the Intermediate division of the Parness Concerto Competition – the only violist to place in any division of the competition in several years – and has also won first place in the viola division of the Satori Strings Competition. Ms. Van Houten has held Principal positions in orchestras such as the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, the Azusa Pacific University Studio Orchestra, the Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra, the CSUN Youth Philharmonic, the Grace Baptist Symphony Orchestra, and the Sande Strings Youth Orchestra. She has also held the title of Associate Principal Viola of the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Philharmonic. In The summer of 2018, Ms. Van Houten attended the Music Mountain Academy festival in Falls Village, CT. At this festival, Ms. Van Houten studied with members of the Verona Quartet, Charles Niedich, and Peter Winograd.

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Viola Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present
Brushstroke Music

Principal Viola
Aug 2017 - Present
Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra

Violin/Viola Teacher
Sep 2016 - Present
Azusa Conservatory of Music

Section Viola Ringer
May 2015 - Present
Santa Clarita Philharmonic

Jun 2018 - Jun 2018
Music Mountain Academy

Attended Music Mountain Academy Festival of music. Studied with faculty from Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, and other NEC. Performed several chamber works all over Connecticut as part of the festival, including performances in venues such as The Shed at Norfolk and Gordon Hall at Music Mountain.

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Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Idyllwild Chamber Festival

Attended Idyllwild Chamber Festival. Studied with faculty such as Jason Bonham, Gina Coletti, Sam Fischer, and Stirling Trent. Performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall.


B.M. Viola Performance
Aug 2016 - Present
Azusa Pacific University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Concerto Competition Finalist
Apr 2017
Azusa Pacific University
Parness Concerto Competiton Honorable Mention
Nov 2016
Culver City Symphony

Photos & Videos

Recording Fever Pitch by Sarah Wallin Huff!
Photo by Charlotte V.

Photo by Charlotte V.
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3 Reviews

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Jesse Jan 17, 2019
Violin · In home

Charlotte taught my daughter and was just lovely. She combines a deep enthusiasm for her craft, a high level of virtuosity, and a kindness and support for her student that cannot be matched. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Holly Jan 17, 2019
Violin · In home

Fantastic teacher! Very knowledgeable and excellent with kids of all ages!

Eugene Alcalay Jan 17, 2019
· In studio

Wonderful person and teacher, very friendly and caring!

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