Mrs. Rochelle Pearson

Violin, Viola Teacher

Rochelle Pearson


Stevens Point, WI
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Rochelle Pearson received her M.M. in Music Performance and graduated (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Akron where she received a full scholarship to study with Andrew Jennings (violin), Alan Bodman (viola), and Stephen Majeske (violin) of the Cleveland Orchestra. She has been a violin/viola teacher for 30 years. She was a violist in America’s Orchestral Academy, The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, which traveled extensively throughout Europe, Israel, and South America. She received private viola lessons and master classes from Robert Vernon, Victoria Chiang, Ellen Rose, Lisa Boyko, Yitzhak Schotten, and Lynne Ramsey.

Rochelle is a former adjunct Suzuki Violin faculty member of Miami Dade Community College. She also studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, and participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In her youth, she played in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, which played a joint anniversary concert with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, then was the first American orchestra to tour the former Yugoslavia.

Rochelle is currently assistant principal violist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony, and teaches violin and viola at the Wausau Conservatory. She is formerly a member of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, and subbed with the Florida Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic Orchestras. She resides in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with her husband Tom. Her son Benjamin is a cellist and recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music.