Heather Wittelsline

HWittelsHeather Wittels is a member of the first violin section of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. In the summers, she serves as the Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival Orchestra in Cooperstown, NY. She is a frequent recitalist, and performs a wide range of solo and chamber works from the Baroque to the contemporary era. She has given a recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in the Chicago Cultural Center and also performed on The Midday Show, live on Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, WI. Her chamber music ensemble has played live on the radio several times in Chicago, including on the series “Live From WFMT.”
Heather has been a Fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida and a three time Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. She has served as concertmaster of many orchestras, including the New World Symphony, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, New England Conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia and Symphony (where she won a school-wide competition to lead Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben) and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (where she led Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Don Juan under the direction of Raphael Fr¸beck de Burgos). Heather made her solo debut in June 2001, performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe said she made a “dazzling impression”. She gave the American premiere of the violin concerto Bulls of Bashan by Gavin Bryars at the 2009 Spoleto Festival USA, for which the Strad Magazine praised her “pure, singing tone”. In 2005, Heather graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, with distinction. Subsequently she earned an MM and GD in violin performance in the studio of Malcolm Lowe at the New England Conservatory, as beneficiary of the 2007 TourjÈe Alumni Award for graduate study. A native of Brookline, MA, Heather began the violin at age three.