Larisa Abel graduated magnum cum laude with her Bachelors of Music degree in Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. While at CUA, Larisa studied violin under Jody Gatwood, music education with Dr. Michael Smith, and participated in The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra.
Within days of completing her student-teaching, Larisa was contracted full-time by Fairfax County Public Schools to teach elementary general music. This resulted in her current Virginia teaching license with an endorsement to teach PreK-12 instrumental music.
A native of Louisville, KY, Larisa attended KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only performing arts high school and was invited on scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where she worked with cellist Lynn Harrell, flutist James Galloway, and conductor Gerard Schwarz.
Larisa has been teaching private violin lessons in the Washington, DC, area since 2005. She is regularly hired out as a professional violinist and is a former member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with the DC Youth Orchestra and the McLean Youth Orchestra, and she is currently a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American String Teachers Association.