Alyssa Roggow, viola
Alyssa Roggow is thrilled to join the Cascade Quartet and Great Falls Symphony Orchestra this season. Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a violist with “sparkle and excellent balance”, Alyssa enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician and educator. In 2012, she toured the Midwest with the Quasari String Quartet, and has since performed in ensembles throughout New England, Canada, and Austria. In 2016, she trained in Visual Thinking Strategies, an outreach tool developed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and is currently developing a series of concerts and workshops that bring chamber music and visual arts together with lively audience engagement. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Alyssa regularly appears with Slee Sinfonietta at the June in Buffalo Festival, and has also performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival with Switch~Ensemble, the Red Note New Music Festival with the Quasari Quartet, and the Breaking-the-Fourth-Wall Festival Marathon with the Craig Michael Davis Ensemble. Composers she has worked with include Beat Furrer, Chaya Czernowin, Hilda Paredes, and Rand Steiger.
A native of Iowa, Alyssa received performance degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Eastman School of Music, with further string quartet studies at Indiana University. Her primary mentor is Masumi Per Rostad. She comes to Great Falls from Rochester, NY, and in her spare time writes poetry, bakes crackers, and finds excuses to be outside.