Player Spotlight ~ Blakeley Woessner ~ viola

Viola Opus 269, 16-3/8” Andrea Guarneri style

Blakeley Woessner

“I absolutely adore my Cox viola. It is literally perfect in every way. It was definitely a “love at first sound” experience. While I was in high school, my viola teacher's mother was looking to sell her Cox viola. I tried it and instantly knew I had to have it. My Cox viola has been the best purchase I have ever made, hands down! When the day came that my viola needed repairs, Douglas Cox made the process painless, and I had the great opportunity to try out another Cox viola. Over the years, I have deeply bonded with my viola, and I feel honored to own such a marvelous instrument.

I would recommend Douglas Cox's instruments to anyone looking to buy a superior, beautiful instrument.”

I am from Shannon, IL, a town of about 900 people. I come from a musical family, I love the outdoors, and I am thankful for the variety of seasons that we experience in the Midwest. I also love kittens, making lists, and craft projects. Of all my hobbies, music is by far my greatest passion.

I started piano lessons when I was 7, viola lessons when I was 10, and began improvising music when I was 12. I received a BA degree in Viola Performance from Greenville College in 2011.

I am in my second year of grad school, working toward a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance at Northern Illinois University. I enjoy playing with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra of Dekalb, IL, and the NIU Philharmonic. This semester I am also a member of the NIU New Music Ensemble. One of my favorite musical experiences is performing with my sisters (2 play the harp, 1 plays 'cello) at weddings, parties, or just for fun.

Recently, I have had the privilege of working with Brian Lee & His Orchestra, both live and in the studio. Here is a link to our most recent gig.

I greatly enjoy playing classical music, but I also love fiddle tunes and singer-songwriter folk styles.

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