Heather Wittels appointed Director of the Chamber Music Program

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We're pleased to welcome Heather Wittels as the new Director of the Chamber Music Program. Wittels is co-Acting Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Concertmaster of the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra in Cooperstown, New York. She is an Artist Faculty member at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts where she teaches violin excerpt class, audition class, and conducts and solos with the string ensemble. Starting in the fall of 2022, she is the newly appointed Director of the Chamber Music Program at the University of Chicago. In recent seasons she has performed the Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras in Chicago, where reviewers praised her “exquisite taste” and “immaculate technique.” In 2020-21 she was featured twice on Fourth Presbyterian Church’s popular Friday Noonday Concert series. Since 2012 she has appeared live in recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Wisconsin’s The Midday radio show, Live from WFMT on the radio in Chicago. Her chamber music projects have been presented by the Live from WFMT radio show, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Star Theater in Cherry Valley, NY, and the Glimmerglass Festival, which showcased her production of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale in August 2018.

During the summers of 2013-2019, while at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY, Ms. Wittels has programed, produced, and performed in an annually sold-out drama and music collaboration in a local venue; themes have included a Schubertiade, Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale, Brahms and the Schumanns, and Music and Letters from Russia. Wittels has a private violin studio in Chicago and teaches young violinists in collaboration with Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative, a program designed to support talented and motivated students from underrepresented backgrounds in classical music. Read more.