Paula E. Bird, an accomplished violinist and pianist, received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, her M.M. from Texas State University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also studied music performance (violin and piano) at Temple University in Philadelphia with Helen Kwalwasser and Marian Filar, where Bird received the Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award. A former member of the San Antonio Symphony and the Austin Lyric Opera, Bird has been a member of numerous professional symphony orchestras in Pennsylvania and Texas. Bird is currently a member of the Artisan Quartet, which made its Carnegie Hall debut in March 2012 and maintains a busy performance schedule. Bird also plays first violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and serves as Associate Concertmaster and Master Class Clinician with the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. Paula currently teaches at Texas State University. She is also a registered teacher of Dr. Suzuki’s Talent Education Method and maintains an extensive private studio in Wimberley, TX.