Sophia Butler

Instruments: viola, violin all levels
Ages: all ages
Locations: Downtown and the Valley
Website: butler37.wix.com/portfolio
Contact: 952-715-1955, sophia.fiddlinaround@gmail.com

Sophia graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at St. Olaf, she studied violin and played in the St. Olaf Orchestra, winner of the 2014 American Prize. She played viola in a number of chamber groups and also enjoyed taking voice lessons and singing in the Chapel Choir. Also during her undergraduate, Sophia studied abroad in Northern Ireland where she played a lot of Irish folk and fiddle music. Sophia now lives in Juneau, working with Juneau Alaska Music Matters and finishing a one year Masters of Teaching degree at UAS. She plays viola in the Juneau Symphony as well as in the Mendenhall String Quartet.

Sophia has experience teaching very young children up through adult players. She is interested in fostering good technique and posture while ensuring students retain a passion for playing. While very familiar with the Suzuki method, Sophia supplements her pedagogy with folk music, etudes, scale methods, and other repertoire that keeps students engaged.