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Kirsten Docter

Oberlin, OH      

Kirsten Docter is associate professor of viola and coordinator of chamber music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. First prize wins at the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions launched her on a career that includes a 23-year tenure with the Cavani Quartet, concerts on major series and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and numerous appointments as a master class clinician and teacher.

During her time as violist of the award-winning Cavani String Quartet, Docter performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center, Festival de L’Epau in France, the Honolulu Chamber Music Society; appeared in features on public radio programs Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday; and television programs on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. The quartet was also honored with an award from ASCAP-Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, as well as Guarneri String Quartet Residency Awards and Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants.

 Docter’s festival appearances include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Seattle, Mimir (Texas and Melbourne, Australia), Sitka Summer Music, Interlochen, Kneisel Hall, Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk, Madeline Island and the Perlman Music Program. She has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Alisa Weilerstein, Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn, Alessio Bax, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács, Emerson, Borodin, and Amadeus string quartets. Her work can be heard on the Azica, Albany, New World, and Gasparo labels.

 Docter formerly served on the chamber music and viola faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has given numerous master classes at universities and music schools. She has been a jury member of the Primrose International Viola, Fischoff National Chamber Music, and Sphinx competitions. In addition to her position at Oberlin, she is on the viola faculty of the Perlman Music Program, Madeline Island Chamber Music and Bowdoin Music Festival. Docter is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory with additional studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.


Collage: Music and Poetry

Cavani String Quartet and poet Mwatabu Okantah
Dvorak “American” String Quartet in FM, Op. 96, II. Lento
“Collage” M. Okantah

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Keith Fitch “Last Words” for piano quartet

Kathryn Brown, piano, Stephen Rose, violin, Kirsten Docter, viola, and Melissa Kraut, cello
October 4, 2015, at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Steven Mackey’s “Ground Swell” II. The Fertile Hillside

Kirsten Docter, viola
Tim Weiss, conductor
The Oberlin Sinfonietta
Live performance, September, 2018, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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