Mia Detwiler

Violin Teacher

SAA Member


Denton, TX
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Violinist Mia Detwiler has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. While comfortable and well-versed in traditional violin repertoire, Detwiler is an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary music.  Her energetic performances of demanding new works offer 21st century audiences a sampling of music of their own time. Deeply passionate about working directly with living composers, she is hopeful for a paradigm shift that would bring the music of the 21st century to the forefront of classical-concert music. Recent performance highlights include Olivier Messiaen’s Quatour pour la fin du temps, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII, the consortium premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ Xochiquetzal Concerto for violin and percussion sextet as soloist with the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble, a recreation of Philip Glass’ debut concert, and works by Donatoni, Sciarrino, Schnittke, Webern, Kurtag, Murail, and Xenakis.

Detwiler has performed with the University of North Texas’ NOVA Ensemble, ensemble75, Sounds Modern, the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, Amorsima String Trio, and Duo Chromatica with whom she has premiered numerous works by Texas-based composers. She has also served as concertmaster of the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Texas Festival Orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, and the Arizona State University Orchestra, and was a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

A dedicated teacher, Detwiler served as Violin Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas where she maintained a studio of private violin students and coached chamber music ensembles. She also teaches strings at El Centro College, Tarleton State University, and the Coppell Conservatory. Additionally, she has taught for the non-profit String Project at Arizona State University as well as for the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra scholarship program.

Detwiler graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Corinne Stillwell. She went on to attend Arizona State University with a full tuition scholarship where she received her Master of Music under the tutelage of Katie McLin. She has performed in masterclasses for Irvine Arditti, Eighth Blackbird, Joseph Lin, Frank Almond, ICE, and the Brentano String Quartet, among others. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts with a related field in contemporary music performance as a student of Felix Olschofka at the University of North Texas.