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Suzannah Chalick

Suzannah Chalick, viola, received her B.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Martha Katz. She earned her M.M. degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Karen Tuttle.

Previously she performed as principal viola of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and substituted with the Atlanta Symphony under Yoel Levi.

Chalick has performed in numerous orchestra and chamber music festivals including the Taos School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Colorado Music Festival. In addition to playing the viola, Chalick is an accomplished pianist and enjoys accompanying students and colleagues. She and her husband are the parents of three young children. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1996.

Name: Suzannah Chalick

Instrument: Viola

Hometown: Lincoln, MA

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 11

Who has been your greatest musical influence? Martha Katz

Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Brahms.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Either English or something in the creative arts.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schumann Lieder, the Doerfel Family Band.

Your hobbies and interests: Hiking, baking, quilting, spending time with my family.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: My dad put me on cross-country skis at age 3, and I was on the ski team during high school. I took a year of Russian in college.

Funniest concert moment: When the pops mascot "Grunt" failed to work on command.

Daily practice rituals: Scales, Bach.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "What age did you start?" My answer: "11."

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The friendly people.

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