Viola, Violin Teacher
Violist Leah Kovach grew up in Salt Lake City and was thrilled to join the Colorado Symphony and return to the Rocky Mountains in September 2015. Leah has performed and taught across four continents with ensembles such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Since moving to Denver, Leah has also appeared with the Denver Eclectic Concerts and Englewood Arts series.
Leah holds a master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she was a student of James Dunham. During her time in Texas, Leah participated in a broad range of musical activities, including performances with the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa and the Mercury Baroque Orchestra as well as teaching and coaching in four Houston-area school districts. Prior to attending Rice University, Ms. Kovach graduated with high distinction from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as a student of Atar Arad.
Leah studied the Suzuki Method at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, who is currently president of the American String Teacher’s Association. Under Dr. Brenner’s guidance, Leah began teaching young violin students as part of an outreach program at a local low-income elementary school, where the goal was to assist in early childhood learning skills through group and individual violin lessons. This experience sparked a great love for teaching and interest in increasing music exposure to underserved communities. Leah continued this work through the Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program in 2013-15, where she helped to develop innovative classroom and other youth presentations connecting music to student’s curriculum. Leah enjoys teaching private lessons, group lessons, and coaching chamber music ensembles. Leah was the string coach for the 2013 Kinkaid School Orchestra China Tour, has given masterclasses in Cali, Colombia, and served as artist-faculty at the 2015 Musicagiovana festival in Majano, Italy.