Lisa Ponton

Viola, Violin Teacher

Lisa Ponton

SAA Member

Praised by critics for her “superior bow control,” “warm tone” and “beautiful phrasing,” Lisa Ponton has performed as a viola soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout Europe and the United States.

Ms. Ponton has held the positions of Associate Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Co-Principal Viola of Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa, and Associate Principal Viola of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, the chamber orchestra of the White House. As violist with the Orchestra Iowa String Quartet and the U.S. Marine String Quartet, she has performed numerous chamber music concerts as well as many educational concerts and outreach events.

An enthusiastic and experienced educator, Ms. Ponton has been a viola, violin, and chamber music instructor at the Orchestra Iowa School. She was also on the adjunct music faculty at Grinnell College. She has coached chamber music ensembles and sectionals for many student orchestras including the the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras, the Golden Isles Youth Orchestras, and the Youth Orchestra of Iceland.

Lisa Ponton has earned degrees in viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Roland Vamos, Karen Tuttle, and Rainer Moog. Ms. Ponton has also studied Historical Performance on baroque viola with Jane Rogers at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has registered training in Suzuki pedagogy on violin at the American Suzuki Institute with Ed Kreitman, Nancy Jackson, and Ed Sprunger and on viola with William Preucil, Sr. at the Preucil School of Music.