About Beverly Bouma
Get to know Beverly Bouma
I started playing viola in my school program in the 7th grade. I fell in love with the instrument, and I couldn’t stop practicing, even when the lights when out and it was time for bed. In my 2nd year of playing, I qualified for Regional All State, and the following year I qualified for All State. As I continued to play, I participated in multiple other string and orchestra competitions. When I was 15, I was fortunate enough to study under Emanuel Vardi, and continued under his pedagogy for 5 years. By the time I was in 12th grade I was practicing for about 3 ½ hrs a day.
After I finished HS, I went on to Montclair State University where I earned my bachelor’s in performance. Before I finished my degree I began to play professionally around NY. I continued to study under some of most renowned violinists including Oscar Ravina, Mati Braun. While learning under Oscar Ravina, he connected me to the Philharmonia Virtuosi, and through another connection I auditioned and was accepted to Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. I was fortunate enough to play with them for a few years and would also substitute as needed.
With my over 25+ year of experience, I have learned to never stop practicing and improving. This is a quality I try to pass on to my student as well. As you can see, I have had a passion for playing string instruments for most of my life. I enjoy helping others find their passion through learning music, and I look forward to helping you!