Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All
Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland
Principal viola in the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Collegium Musicum in Germany, the Punch Brothers, the Australian String Quartet, the Takacs Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet
Hannah Dara holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Dara grew up in South Carolina, where she began learning viola at the age of 10 in a public, after-school orchestra program. She later attended the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a free, residential high school for the arts. Ms. Dara has loved performing in different ensembles such as baroque orchestra and opera, traditional orchestra and opera, contemporary music ensembles, and chamber music groups of all kinds. Some of her favorite musical experiences include participating in the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, where she was principal viola, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member at Collegium Musicum in Germany, and working with artists such as the Punch Brothers, the Australian String Quartet, the Takacs Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet, and the Pacifica Quartet.
Ms. Dara's educational and teaching philosophy seeks to encourage curiosity and growth. Her aim is not only to cultivate the student's technical skill on the instrument-building a solid foundation of instrumental technique and music theory-but to expand their musical perspective. She firmly believes that musicians should always seek to dig deeper, explore other possibilities and try things out, without taking what they think they already know for granted. Learning an instrument is a journey that takes time, patience, and focus; but with each etude, exercise or other routine involving our instrument, we add more tools to our toolbox with which to create exciting musical possibilities.