Faculty

Katy Ambrose

Lecturer, Horn

Ayn Balija

Lecturer, Viola

Pamela Beasley

Instuctor, Voice

Matthew Burtner

Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies), Department Chair

Peter Bussigel

Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts

Adam Carter

Lecturer, Cello

Ted Coffey

Associate Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Seth Cook

Instructor, Tuba

John D'earth

Lecturer, Director of Jazz Performance

Peter D'Elia

Instructor, Piano

Luke Dahl

Assistant Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies) | Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by courtesy appointment

Nomi Dave

Assistant Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Jeff Decker

Instructor, Saxophone (Jazz & Classical)

Scott DeVeaux

Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies), Director of Undergraduate Programs

Rachel Duncan

Lecturer, Trumpet (Starting August 2016)

Shawn Earle

Lecturer, Clarinet

I-Jen Fang

Lecturer, Percussion

Bonnie Gordon

Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Music University of Virginia Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Kelly Gross

Instructor, Piano

Karl Hagstrom Miller

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Greg Howard

Instructor, Chapman Stick

Anastasia Jellison

Instructor, Harp

Robert Jospé

Instructor, Percussion

Michelle Kisliuk

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Andrew Koch

Lecturer, Associate Director of Bands

Adam Larrabee

Instructor, Banjo & Mandolin

Nathaniel Lee

Lecturer, Trombone

Noel Lobley

Assistant Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Fred Maus

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

John Mayhood

Instructor, Piano

Barbara Moore

Instructor, Piano & Organ

Stephanie Nakasian (aka Patricia O'Brien)

Instructor, Non-Classical Voice

Chris Owens

Instructor, Voice

Brenda Patterson

Instructor, Voice

William Pease

Associate Professor, Director of Bands

Michael Puri

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies), Director of Graduate Studies

Elizabeth Roberts

Lecturer, Bassoon

Michael Rosensky

Instructor, Guitar (Jazz & Classical)

Joel Rubin

Associate Professor, Director of Music Performance

David Sariti

Lecturer, Violin

Daniel Sender

Lecturer, Violin

Judith Shatin

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Michael Slon

Associate Professor, Director of Choral Music

Peter Spaar

Lecturer, Double Bass

Kelly Sulick

Lecturer, Flute

Victor Szabo

Teaching Resident

Kate Tamarkin

Professor, Director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Butch Taylor

Instructor, Jazz Piano

Mimi Tung

Instructor, Piano

Richard Will

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Graduate Students

Jon Bellona

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Timothy Booth

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Kyle Chattleton

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Alex Christie

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Victoria Clark

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Amy Coddington

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Craig Comen

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Kevin Davis

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Rachel Devorah

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Stephanie Doktor

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Aldona Dye

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Jarek Paul Ervin

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Caitlin Flay

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Liza Flood

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Tanner Greene

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Stephanie Gunst

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Steven Lewis

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Chris Luna

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Ryan Maguire

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Jean Khalil Maroun

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Justin Mueller

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Ben Robertson

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Aaron Stepp

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Tracey Stewart

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Eli Stine

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Rami Stucky

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Max Tfirn

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Kristina Warren

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Lydia Warren

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Staff

Larry Cauley

Instructor, Marching Percussion

Marcy Day

Director of Promotions

Michael Idzior

Assistant Athletics Band Director

Joel Jacobus

Director of Music Production

Tina Knight

Assistant to the Chair, Academic Program Coordinator

Tyler Miller

Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program Coordinator

Travis Thatcher

Technical Director of Composition & Computer Technologies

Kim Turner

Administrative Supervisor

Position Vacant

Human Resources, Fiscal Assistant

Position Vacant

Marching Band Administrative and Events Assistant

Profile

Faculty

Ayn Balija

Lecturer, Viola

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Biography

Violist Ayn Balija leads a musically rich life performing and teaching throughout the country.

Maintaining a strong presence in her community, Ms. Balija is the Lecturer of Viola of the University of Virginia. She readily provides individualized instruction to her student’s, actively cultivates community engagement by bringing special guests, enthusiastically organizes events geared to the cultivation and networking of violists of any age, and professionally maintains a rigorous performing schedule. Her devotion and love for music can be seen in everything she does.

Blending her love of orchestral repertoire with student mentorship, Ms. Balija serves as the Principal Viola of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. This unique ensemble performs professional quality performances within a student and community member driven group. For 12 years Ms. Balija performed with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, a premier Chamber Orchestra in Ohio known for its performance of commissioned new works and promotion of rising stars. As an active member of the group she recorded many new works on the Summit Label. She is often asked to sub with the Richmond Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia and other local orchestras. In 2005 she was invited to go on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on their East Coast Tour.

She is also a devoted chamber musician. At UVA she is the violist of the Rivanna String Quartet performing and coaching student groups each semester. Summers also bring opportunities for her to perform solo and chamber music repertoire. She is invited to the Yachats Summer Music Festival in Oregon inspiring audiences with a potpourri of string genres and compositions. As guest faculty for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in Murfreesboro, TN, Ms. Balija collaborates with her colleagues, performing chamber works for the students which provide them with the opportunities to experience live versions of masterworks.

To Ms. Balija, every educational opportunity is a chance to engage in the development of a well-rounded person. Her University and private studios philosophy centers on guiding students to engage in music with inquisitiveness and awareness. Last year, she and her students collaborated with the Kluge-Rhue Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia and TEDx to showcase the unique combination of the ancient didgeridoo and the modern string quartet. She promotes the knowledge and study of the viola through outside events such as VIOLAPALOOZA, cultivates commonwealth viola collaborations as the President of the Virginia Viola Society, and has presented at the American String Teachers Association National Conference. Being a dedicated teacher, Ms. Balija continues her teaching outside the University through the private instruction of middle and high school students and outreach performances at county schools such as Buford Middle School, Monticello High School and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. She is also invited to teach and give masterclasses at festivals and schools around the country.

Ayn Balija holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Masters of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from James Madison University. Her principal mentors have been Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, Amadi Azikiwe, and Karen Tuttle.


Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu