Violin; Viola; Chamber Music
Paula Majerfeld, violinist/violist, has appeared throughout the United States as guest soloist with the Colorado and Jefferson Symphonies, Boulder Philharmonic, and the Las Vegas International Music Festival, Park City International, Killington Music Festival, and Lyrica New Jersey Chamber Orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, Majerfeld is Co-Director of Lyrica Boston, a music series dedicated to providing opportunities for up-and-coming young artists to perform alongside seasoned professionals. Her chamber music collaborations include artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Malcolm Lowe, Elmar Oliveira, Nathaniel Rosen, Steven Ansell, Charles Castleman, Victor Rosenbaum, Ronald Thomas, Patricia McCarty, and Joseph Robinson.
After serving as Assistant Principal of the Portland Symphony, Majerfeld joined the faculties of the New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Lyricafest, and Quartet Program as well as Visiting Faculty at Wellesley College. Her preparatory students have earned recognition both nationally and internationally in such diverse places as the Singapore World Youth Orchestra, St. Marks School International Chamber Music Festival, and the Amis International Orchestra Festival in Waterloo, Belgium. Majerfeld’s past college students are members of the North Carolina (Assistant Principal), Greenville, Vermont, Portland, Rhode Island, Hartford, and Cape Cod Symphonies, as well as teach at the Concord Music Academy, Royal Academy of the Arts, Bosse School of Music, South Shore Conservatory, and the New School of Music.
In recent years, as Artistic Dean of the venerable Quartet Program, she spearheaded a new branch of the festival at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A recipient of both the Wingler and Starling Foundation Fellowships, Majerfeld was awarded the ACMA/Dodge Partnership and Roxbury Foundation Grants for her work with culturally underserved children.
MM (Indiana University, Bloomington); BM with High Distinction (Indiana University, Bloomington)
"My ultimate goal as a teacher is to teach the students to teach themselves. I believe that through musical study, students learn the tenacity, discipline, and problem-solving skills needed to be successful in whichever career path they ultimately choose. By creating a warm and trusting relationship, I seek to create a lesson environment which is highly positive and encourages questioning, serious thought, humor, and a love of learning. A reliable and correct technical foundation that will potentially allow the student to play the most difficult repertoire is at the core of my teaching. Given the necessary tools, students are able to find their unique expressive voice and discover the joy of making music. My sincerest wish is that each student will develop their sense of wonderment and experimentation, so that upon completion of their study, they will become their own best teacher. " - Paula Majerfeld