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 violist 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, Associate Principal Viola of “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra and Principal Viola of Orchestra Iowa. She has also been on the applied music faculty at Grinnell College.

Lisa Ponton has earned performance degrees on viola from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She has also studied Historical Performance on baroque viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has received training in Suzuki pedagogy from the American Suzuki Institute and the Preucil School of Music. Her awards include two American Suzuki Foundation Scholarships, a Suzuki Association of the Americas scholarship and a teaching artist mini-grant from the Iowa Arts Council.