Regina Ketter

viola

Regina Ketter has been an active performer in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years with a diverse musical background that ranges from baroque ensembles through classical chamber and orchestral performances to contemporary music and rock & roll.  She is a graduate of CMU where she received  BFA and MFA degrees in viola under Yitzak Schotten and Atar Arad.  She focused on contemporary music while working on a master’s degree and has performed musical works of Varese and Xenaxis both at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In the summers of 2000 and 2001 she attended the Ecole D’Art de Fontainebleau, France where she specialized in 20th Century repertoire for solo viola.  She currently performs newly written works by the composer-led ensemble Alia Musica. She began studying baroque viola at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Instutute with Jane Starkman and shortly after joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Bach and the Baroque ensemble where she was a member for 16 years. Other performances include Calvary Episcopal Church baroque concerts, the newly formed Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble, as well as Chatham Baroque.  She has also played on numerous popular and classical recordings and shared the stage with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Harry Connick Jr., and Kansas. Most recently she has been a member of the surf-rock band the Whips and attended a special workshop held by Mark Woods (of the Trans Siberian Orchestra) where she is learning to play the 6 String fretted Viper electric violin.  She is a full-time strings teacher in the Mt. Lebanon School District, where she has taught since 1991.