Education and Background
Eleanor Angel received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Indiana University under Georges Janzer. After receiving her Bachelor’s, she studied viola with William Primrose and string pedagogy with Hiroko Sawa Primrose. Eleanor then went on to receive her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
As a performer and Bay Area Native, Eleanor Angel is a member of Symphony Silicon Valley and is Principal Viola of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony; and the Opera companies of West Bay, San Jose and San Francisco. She is a founding member of the Sunrise Quartet and the Pegasus Quartet, and currently plays for the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventure in Music Program-Madrone Quartet.
Eleanor has been teaching violin and viola since 1980 in both group and private settings. She is the past Assistant Director of the de Vertich Institute for Viola, and the Founder/past President of the Northern California Viola Society. She is currently involved with teaching in the Violin/Viola Immersion Program with the San Jose Youth Symphony.
Having been trained in teaching throughout her undergraduate and graduate programs, Eleanor has come to most enjoy teaching beginners of all ages. She enjoys setting up violinists and violists for success by building from a basis of strong technique, and instigating a love of music that will last a lifetime.