WILLIAM STAPP BIOGRAPHY

William Stapp Violin Lessons


William Stapp received a Bachelor of Music (B.M. violin/viola performance) from the University of Alabama (1991) and a Master of Music (M.M. viola performance) from the University of Michigan (1993) where he attended on a full fellowship. Following this he received an A. S. (Stringed Instrument Technology/
Violinmaking) from Indiana University (1996) ).  He also attended the Brevard and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School for several summers. His teachers include students of Ivan Galamian and William Primrose.  His first violin teacher was Jean Pepper.  Jean, a graduate student of John Kendall, was in that first group of ASTA string teachers from the United States who went to Japan to learn and study the Suzuki Method.

Mr. Stapp was assistant principal viola of the Maryland Symphony, principal viola of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall.  He is a member of ‘Duo Liutaio’, a harp-violin collaboration with his wife harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp - they recently released a CD  'Out of the Silence'.  Mr. Stapp has performed at the Kennedy Center, in South America and Europe, and as part of the ‘Strings ‘n Things’ and Shepherd String Trios.  He has performed at the Hood College Summer Chamber Music series.  Mr. Stapp has coached the strings of the Academy of St. Cecilia Youth Orchestras, the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, and the Shepherd Orchestras. He is often a judge for local solo and ensemble festivals.  Mr. Stapp has served on the faculty of the Heritage Academy, the BlackRock Center for the Arts, Frederick Community College and Shepherd University.