Lisa Ponton

Viola Teacher

Lisa Ponton

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. She has also performed with the Royal Danish Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. 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 Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras, the Golden Isles Youth Orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, and the Youth Orchestra of Iceland.

Lisa Ponton has a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. In addition, she has earned a Professional Diploma in Historical Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was the recipient of the Enlightenment Scholarship and the Dorothy Kennedy Davis Award.