Paula Majerfeld, viola, violin

Paula Majerfeld has appeared throughout the United States as guest soloist with the Colorado and Jefferson Symphonies, Boulder Philharmonic, Las Vegas International Music Festival and Park City International Orchestras, and the Killington Music Festival and Lyrica New Jersey Chamber Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Majerfeld is Co-Director of Lyrica Boston, a music series dedicated to providing opportunities for up-and-coming young artists to perform alongside seasoned professionals. Her chamber music collaborations include artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Malcolm Lowe, Elmar Oliveira, Nathaniel Rosen, Steven Ansell, Charles Castleman, and Joseph Robinson. After serving as Assistant Principal of the Portland Symphony, Ms. Majerfeld joined the faculties of the Longy School of Music, Lyricafest, and Quartet Program as well as coaching at the New England Conservatory and Wellesley College. This past summer, as Dean of the Quartet Program, she spearheaded a new branch of the festival at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A recipient of both the Wingler and Starling Foundation Fellowships, Ms. Majerfeld was awarded the ACMA/Dodge Partnership and Roxbury Foundation Grants for her work with culturally-underserved children.

Teaching Philosophy

“My ultimate goal as a teacher is to train the students to teach themselves.  Through a warm and positive environment encouraging analytical thought and discipline, I seek to give the students the necessary technical tools to feel confident on the instrument as well as find their unique expressive voice. My sincerest wish is that each student will develop their abilities to think and experiment, so that upon completion of the degree, they will have become their own best teacher. I also believe strongly in the importance of working together with the student, both during the course of study as well as after graduation, to create a career plan so that each student finds a fulfilling niche in the musical world.”

B.M., M.M. with distinction, Indiana University. Studies with Dylana Jenson, Nelli Shkolnikova, Michelle Auclair. Chamber music collaborations with Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Malcolm Lowe, Charles Castleman, Joseph Robinson, Ronald Thomas, Paul Katz, Elmar Oliveira, Steven Ansell, Nathaniel Rosen. First prize winner at the Jefferson Symphony International Music Competition. 2002 Artist of the Year: Isabella Cannepa Memorial Award. Recipient of the Wingler Fellowship, Starling Foundation Fellowship, Geraldine Dodge Partnership Grant, and Roxbury Highland Charitable Foundation Grant. Co-Artistic Director of Lyrica Boston Chamber Music. Faculty: Longy School of Music, Quartet Program at Bucknell University (Dean and Faculty), Wellesley College, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, Lyricafest.

Email: paula.majerfeld(at)longy.edu