Gloria Justen

Gloria J.

San Francisco, CA
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Lesson Details

Violin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Every student is unique, so I will tailor the lessons to you and make it fun! I'm passing on to you the training I received from the very best master teachers of the violin. Stringed instruments are challenging, but I believe in enjoying making music at every level, while establishing a strong foundation in good technique. For learning fundamentals of music theory and ear training, we will play various rhythm and improvisational games. I have extensive background in European classical music, and I've also done quite a bit of improvisation, some fiddling, and electric violin and viola. Whether you want to be the next Joshua Bell or the next Lindsey Stirling, I can help you improve your playing. I will help you sing, dance and tell a story through your violin or viola.
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About

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Gloria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
2001

Born into a musical family in 1966, I have extensive performance experience as a classical violinist and violist, and I've been composing my own music since 2000. I am very grateful to have studied with some of the finest teachers of violin, viola and chamber music, and I graduated in 1990 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, one of the best conservatories in the world. I've played often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and I was the Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for 6 years.

I'd like to pass on the knowledge gained from my years of playing in orchestras, chamber groups and solo concerts. My teachers taught me the most refined techniques of tone production and continually showed me how to make the music come alive emotionally and tell a story.

I've also played a lot of music by contemporary composers, in groups like Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, as well as Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in the Bay area. Some special tours I went on were with the Philip Glass Ensemble and with Tan Dun, the composer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

My own compositional adventures started in the the late 1990's when I started improvising with a DJ mix in a small club. Since then I have experimented a lot with pickups and electric violin. I've created surround sound collages, improvised music for modern dance, and learned digital audio editing skills. I am knowledgable about Pro Tools and Ableton Live. If you are interested in electric violin, looping or using MIDI effects, I can share what I've learned about these things.

I have two solo CDs of original music - one violin, one viola - you can find on CDbaby and bandcamp.com.

You can make music and be creative no matter what playing level you are on. I believe in having fun as you learn, and I stress learning by example and by ear. Reading music is good, too, but often that gets in the way of listening. We will build a foundation step by step and add on elements when you are ready. Also - I can help you be relaxed as you play. I have never had tendonitis or another occupational injury, thanks to good posture and technique. Body awareness is part of the process. Let's have fun- - you can do this!

NOTE: for students age 7 to 12, I require the parent to be present at the lesson and take an active interest in the student's progress. Also, the child must want to play this instrument.

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Experience

Composer and Recording Artist
Aug 2000 - Present
Gloria Justen Music

A-list Substitute Violin
Jan 2013 - Apr 2016
San Francisco Symphony

Played frequently and toured with the Symphony when a fulltime member was out sick or on leave.

A-list Substitute Violin
Jan 1991 - Jan 2013
Philadelphia Orchestra

Played frequently and toured with the Orchestra when a fulltime member was out sick or on leave.

Concertmaster
Sep 2005 - Jun 2011
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

I played with this chamber orchestra actually since around 1987, when it was called Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Served as Concertmaster for 6 seasons, including a few years after I moved to San Francisco, in August 2007. On iTunes is a live recording of my performance with COP as soloist in the Violin Concerto in G Minor by Prokofiev.

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Education

Bachelor's Degree
Sep 1984 - Jun 1990
Curtis Institute of Music
Private Violin Study
Jun 1981 - Aug 1984
Lessons with Fredell Lack

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

1st place winner
Jun 1987
Irving Klein International String Competition

Affiliations

American Viola Society
Jun 2016

The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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American Composers Forum
Jan 2014

The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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American Federation of Musicians
Jan 1990

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

CD Release performance, Sonaquifer Suite for Solo Viola --Reverie
CD Release performance of Sonaquifer Suite for Solo Viola - Flowing-Turning Dance
Classical violin and viola are my foundation. I also write new music and play electric violin/viola.
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