Joyce A. Ramée, affiliate artist in Viola, received her BMus from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, where she studied with Max Aronoff and Joseph de Pasquale. Ms. Ramée is co-director and co-founder of the Max Aronoff Viola Institute, a nationally recognized summer music festival held in western Washington since 1991. During her student years, while studying under a full fellowship at Tanglewood, Joyce Ramée performed under conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. Currently a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra and the Auburn Symphony, Ms. Ramée has performed as soloist in major concertos with several area orchestras and in world premieres by composers including Lawrence Ebert, Dell Wade and Daniel Ott. In 2007 and 2008, Ms. Ramée was selected to represent Max Aronoff's studio as the violist in string quartet performances at Temple University, Philadelphia. Since 1987, Ms. Ramée has been an affiliate artist at Puget Sound teaching viola, chamber music, and viola and strings techniques. She maintains a large community music studio of viola and violin students. Ms. Ramée's students have won positions in the Detroit, Oregon and Phoenix Symphonies, and graduate assistantships and admissions at universities and conservatories nationwide.
"As a Puget Sound artist I enjoy the balance between students who are hoping for musical careers and those who play just for the love of it. It is most interesting to work with the bright, inquisitive, and talented young people that Puget Sound continually attracts."