From Violin to Viola

Emily Rader was a violinist in Fall Into Spring last school year. That was her first exposure to chamber music and she loved it so much she wanted to enroll for the summer. We needed a violist to fit into one of our groups and asked her if she would be interested in playing viola for this summer. Ron Sachs Violins loaned her a viola; she bought a book and researched online, and 2 weeks later, she was starting Franklin Pond on viola, reading a completely different clef, learning Mozart and Dvorak quartets, and playing beautifully. She grew to really enjoy it and is happy she did it. Many professional violinists also play viola, so it’s a good skill to acquire.