Kara Poorbaugh is thrilled to join the Asheville Waldorf School faculty as the new strings teacher. Kara is a professional violist and performs extensively across our region as an orchestral and chamber musician, and also teaches violin, viola, and chamber music in her private home studio. Kara is the Principal Violist of the Asheville Symphony, a founding member of the Opal String Quartet, and performs regularly with the Greenville Symphony (SC).
As violist of the Opal String Quartet, Kara has served as Artist-in-Residence for the educational outreach programs of the Asheville Chamber Music Series and the Asheville Symphony Guild in the Buncombe County Schools for the last ten years. She formerly taught at the Joyful Noise Community Music & Arts Center for many years, teaching violin, viola, and cello lessons, and directing their chamber music program and Summer Strings camp. Kara has completed six weeks of Suzuki teacher training at the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Atlanta Suzuki Institutes.
Kara is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BMus-viola performance and music education) where she studied with John Graham and the Ying Quartet. While at Eastman, Kara performed and recorded with the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound and was a core member of Gamelan Lila Muni, a Balinese music ensemble.
Kara started playing the viola at age eleven at the Duke University String School with Dorothy Kitchen. As a young adult, she served as principal violist in several youth orchestras, won concerto competitions, and attended summer festivals at Interlochen, Musicorda, Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Music Center.
Aside from her musical life, Kara enjoys taking nature walks, practicing yoga, attending and leading Radical Honesty workshops, studying Hand in Hand Parenting and other conscious-parenting styles, and being a devoted mama to Elsie Jane from the Sunflower Kindergarten.
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