John Vaida, violin/viola

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A versatile musician, violinist and violist John Vaida performs regularly as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He is currently on the faculty at Mansfield University and Wilkes University, and Artist-in-Residence at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School. He is also the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society (NEPACMS) which fosters the growth and awareness of chamber music in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region through a carefully curated concert series, workshops, educational and outreach programs. He has given performances across the United States and Europe, collaborating with national and internationally renowned artists. Mr. Vaida frequently performs and teaches at festivals including the Killington Music Festival and as a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

As an educator and a staunch advocate for music and the arts, Mr. Vaida regularly collaborates with local schools and community organizations. His students have had the distinction of being placed in top spots at regional and state competitions and have been accepted to major conservatories and festivals. As a clinician he presents workshops and clinics at the local, regional, and national levels, including at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference and the New York State School Music Association conference.

Mr. Vaida’s principal teachers have included Charles Stegeman, Daniel Phillips, and Zvi Zeitlin. He holds a B.M. from Duquesne University and a M.M. degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and has studied chamber music with Randolph Kelly, Jean Barr, Richard Killmer, and members of the Ying Quartet.

Mr. Vaida plays on a violin made by Carl G. Becker in 1974, in Chicago, Illinois.