Yvonne Smith

Yvonne S.

Houston, TX
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I encourage each of my students to think independently while giving them the necessary tools to understand and communicate the language of music. Each student receives individually-tailored instruction so they reach their fullest potential as violists and musicians.
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Yvonne delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional violist who appears regularly in the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Grant Park Orchestra (Chicago), Bach Society Houston, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, La Follia Austin Baroque, Ars Lyrica Houston, and American Bach Soloists (San Francisco, CA). I also founded my own chamber music group called La Speranza, an ensemble that illuminates the connection between music and wellness through historically informed performances throughout Houston.

I help my students become confident violists through focus on proper technique and proficiency in musical language. Students can expect to become more fluent in all of their scales while learning how to express themselves through their solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. My students have won college and high school scholarships, earned chairs in region orchestras and competed at the state level in Solo and Ensemble contests.

Each of my students receives tailored instruction based on their strengths, goals, and needs. I love watching my students grow into musical individuals, and I look forward to meeting you!

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Substitute Violist
Jun 2017 - Present
Houston Symphony

Substitute Violist
Dec 2016 - Present
Houston Ballet

Artistic Director, Founder, Violist
Oct 2016 - Present
La Speranza

La Speranza explores and illuminates the connection between music and wellness through historically informed performances throughout Houston.

Viola Teacher
Mar 2016 - Present
Tallowood Academy of Fine Arts

Substitute Violist
Jan 2016 - Present
Houston Grand Opera

Oct 2013 - Present
Mercury Chamber Orchestra

Private Viola Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present

Professional Violist
Aug 2008 - Present


Master of Music, Viola Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Rice University
Bachelor of Music, Viola Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Rice University

Photos & Videos

Performing on baroque viola


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