Annissa Olsen

Viola, Violin Teacher

Annissa Olsen

SAA Member

Contact

Eugene, OR
480-452-2936
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Raised in a family of musicians and music teachers, Annissa began studying violin and piano at age 5. By age 13, she discovered her true passion—the viola. She received her Master’s degree in Viola Performance with an emphasis in Violin/Viola Suzuki Pedagogy at the University of Oregon in 2015, where she studied with Leslie Straka and Lillie Manis. Additionally, she completed a Music Education Master’s degree in June 2016 from the University of Oregon, with an Oregon teaching license in K-12 Music. In her capacity as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the UO, she taught a full studio of violin and viola students in the Suzuki Community Music Institute, violin group classes, Music Mind Games/Kodály (music theory and literacy methods), Music and Movement, coached chamber music in the Chamber Players program, taught violin/viola tech classes, and assistant taught in the UO viola studio. In 2015, she was awarded the UO Graduate Teaching Fellow Award of Excellence for Studio, Performance, and Ensemble Teaching. Annissa is a registered instructor in Suzuki violin/viola through Book 4, Music Mind Games, Music Together, and Kodaly. See Annissa’s website for more info.

Annissa has held multiple positions in music organizations in Oregon, including Director of the Douglas County Youth Orchestra in Roseburg from 2014-2017, and currently Orchestra Manager for the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, as well as Lead Teacher in their Elementary Strings program. She serves on the faculty for the Northwest Suzuki Institute in Eugene, and performs regularly with Oregon ensembles, including the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Ballet Symphony, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra.

Before moving to Oregon, Annissa lived in Tempe, Arizona, where she received degrees in Viola Performance and French from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude from the Barrett Honor’s College. In Arizona, Annissa was in demand as a violist, violinist, and teacher, serving as the primary violist for the Desert Breeze Quartet, Sweetwater Strings Quartet, and sitting assistant principal viola for the Musica Nova Orchestra of Scottsdale. She also taught chamber music at Marcos de Niza High School and McKemy Middle School. Annissa has performed in master classes for renowned ensembles including the Brentano, St. Lawrence, Takács, and Orion String Quartets and for legendary violists including Doris Lederer, Geraldine Walther, and Helen Callus. She has been invited as a Guest Artist at music festivals around the world, including at the Ameropa Festival in Prague, Czech Republic (2011), the Astoria Music Festival in Astoria, Oregon (2012), the Mendocino Music Festival in Mendocino, California (2013), and the Vianden Music Festival in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (2014).

In her free time, Annissa enjoys cooking big meals for friends, speaking French (badly), trying to fiddle, and running, biking, and hiking in the lovely Oregon outdoors.