Katrin Meidell. Violist.
Katrin Meidell, DMA, has distinguished herself as a violist, teacher, and scholar. She enjoys a prolific and varied performing career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violist. She is a founding member of the chamber ensembles Violet, Trio Harmonia, and the Hibiki Trio, and in addition to frequent solo and orchestral engagements, performs with these and other chamber groups on a regular basis. A strong proponent of new music for viola, she consistently premieres works commissioned by and written for her. In the orchestral setting, she has performed with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphonies, the Fort Wayne and Boston Philharmonics, and freelance orchestras throughout Indiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. She currently serves as principal viola of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra (IN) and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra (IN).
In addition to regularly blogging about her musical life, Meidell has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society (AVS), and now serves as a proud Board Member of the AVS.
She is a Karen Tuttle Coordination pedagogue, with her most recent master class engagements at the University of North Texas, West Virginia University, Illinois State University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Northern Colorado.
Currently assistant professor of viola at Ball State University, her diverse academic career has taken her across the United States, to Canada, Finland, Austria, and Brazil.
She worked for six years in a Harvard neuroscience lab, studying the brains of musicians. More recently, she focused on Music and Medicine, a field in which she has worked towards finding a comprehensive answer to why string players are prone to injury. She regularly presents these findings and other pedagogical sessions at regional, national, and international conferences.
Meidell holds degrees from Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the University of North Texas. Her main viola teachers were Michelle LaCourse, Carol Rodland, and Susan Dubois.
When not working, she enjoys rock climbing, running, cycling, and amigurumi knitting.