Seth Van Embden

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Lesson Info
violin, viola
Lesson Locations
+Seth Van Embden
Lesson Duration
60, 45, 30
Lesson Rate
$60, 50, 40
Background & Experience

Before his relocation to Chicago, Seth taught in the public-school system as an elementary orchestra director in Princeton, New Jersey. He also ran a private studio of over thirty students and served on faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts’ Extension Division. He is now on faculty at the Oak Park School of Music and also runs his own private studio in the north side of Chicago.

Now Seth is a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, and Northbrook Symphony. He also regularly plays with the Illinois Symphony and Heartland Festival Orchestra.

Seth received his Masters degree from Northwestern University as the recipient of the Charlotte Kickhaefer Davis and Ernest Davis Endowed Fellowship, studying with the renowned soloist Helen Callus. His previous studies consist of a dual degree in viola performance and music education from Rutgers University under the tutelage of Philadelphia Orchestra principal violist CJ Chang.

Seth has performed in solo, orchestral, and chamber settings all over the world including Italy, the United Kingdom, and China.

Seth is an enthusiastic performer of baroque music and has had the privilege to perform in many summer engagements, including the Dartington Music Festival and Berwick Academy of the Oregon Bach Festival. He will be soloing with the Bourbon Baroque Ensemble in Kentucky this winter.

Seth teaches with a relaxed but comprehensive style designed to improve technique and encourage musicality while developing his student's independent styles and characters.

Seth has been lucky to work with students at all ages and all levels and is Suzuki certified. He has had many adult students who play very well just looking to continue their studies for fun, teens working towards regional auditions or futures in music, and even beginners from the age of three.

Professional Associations

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Suzuki Association of Americas, Early Music America