Felicia McFall, M.M. -Viola Performance
Felicia McFall has Bachelors and Masters in Music. She received a Bachelor of Music from New School of Music, Philadelphia, affiliated with Temple University on partial scholarship transferring from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received a Masters in Music at United States International University, San Diego on a full scholarship. She transferred from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Felicia continued her graduate studies, again on scholarship, at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has studied with such luminaries as Erik Shumsky, Karen Tuttle, Kim Kaskkashian, Sid Curtis, Robert Fields, Paul Coletti, and Evelyn-Jacobs Louise (assistant/student of Max Aronoff).
Beyond this, Felicia has been a certified Suzuki instructor – Suzuki Association of the Americas (violin Book 1) Cathryn Lee, Teacher Trainer, Northern CA Suzuki Institute. She also studied extensively in the jazz program at Santa Rosa Junior College for many years with Bennett Friedman performing in the premier jazz ensemble for the graduation ceremony as well as being a performer of note at Cal State East Bay Jazz Festival. Ms. McFall has also studied baroque violin at viola da gamba. She has studied at many SFEMS Summer workshops, Amherst Early Music Festival Baroque Academy, Longy School of Music Summer Program, Vancouver Early Music Programme at UBC, and at Cambridge’s Early Music Baroque summer program. Her teachers in this field have included Michael Sands, John Dornenburg, Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Morris, and David Wilson. Ms. McFall has also played baroque violin in many prominent baroque ensembles in the bay area such as the Albany Consort and the Festival Fringe (Berkeley Festival and Exhibition).
Felicia has performed as a violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Spoleto Festival du Monde (principal viola), and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra (principal viola) among countless others. Her contemporary performance experience has included playing in string ensembles for Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page as well as the Turquoise Orchestra.
Felicia has played professionally as a theatre musician for shows ( averaging 6 shows a year on the violin, viola, accordion, and keyboard – bit by the theater bug as a teenager playing with the Santa Rosa RepertoryTheater.
Ms. McFall is very excited about teaching at the Master Keys Music Academy in Bountiful and can be heard saying, – “Everyone needs music in their lives – now more than ever. Music helps us know who we are so we can better express ourselves. If you would like to begin playing music, revisit playing music, or polish up your skills, I am here to help you on your musical path.”. Past teaching experience includes strings teacher at the Seattle Waldorf School, chamber music coach at the Santa Rosa Junior College, section coach for Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestras, and strings teacher at the River Oak Charter School and the Ukiah School of Music
Ms McFall focusses on making her students feel relaxed and comfortable in their playing using the natural weights of the body. Her approach incorporates ideas from Waldorf school ideology, Suzuki, and Feldenkrais, as well as those of her former mentors