Gretchen Frazier, Section Violist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, has served as Assistant Principal Viola with Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Charleston (SC) Symphony, and the former Savannah Symphony Orchestra, where she made several solo appearances. She has been a member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. Other orchestral engagements include Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Hilton Head Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. Chamber music performances with the Fischbach Quartet, Trio Apollinaire and Chamber Music Charleston, in addition to regular solo recitals, have rounded out her viola career. She has performed at many festivals, including Rochester (VT) Chamber Music, Des Moines Metro Opera, Piccolo Spoleto USA, and Opera Theatre of Lucca.
Gretchen enjoys eclectic styles of playing in projects such as Bivolita Klezmer Chamber Ensemble, Madame Thalia’s Vaudeville Troupe, and the award-winning Girls from Ruby Falls.
An avid music educator via her home studio, Gretchen was recently nominated for a Ford Foundation award. She has served as a teacher/clinician at the Beaufort County Strings Festival, Elm City Chamber Fest, and Hartt Summer Intensive. She currently conducts instrumental ensembles at Hamden Hall Day School.
Gretchen has studied with Pamela MacConnell, the Tokyo String Quartet, Masao Kawasaki, Connie Lorber, and Catherine Carroll. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she won the 1999 Concerto Competition. She lives in New Haven, CT with daughter Edie and husband, journalist John Stoehr. Her viola was made in 2013 by Kevin Chapin.