Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a musician with “sparkle and excellent balance,” violist Alyssa Roggow enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. She is in her fifth season as principal viola of the Great Falls Symphony, and performs concerts and outreach programs throughout Montana and the region as a member of the Cascade String Quartet.
An avid proponent of contemporary music, Alyssa studied at the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Klangspuren Schwaz, and performs with Slee Sinfonietta at the June in Buffalo Festival. She has also performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival with [Switch~Ensemble], the Red Note New Music Festival, and the Breaking-the-Fourth-Wall Festival Marathon. Composers she has worked with include Beat Furrer, Chaya Czernowin, Hilda Paredes, and Rand Steiger.
In addition to her work as a performer, Alyssa is a certified Master Naturalist, and writes essays on natural history topics for radio and print. She is also an active teacher who leads workshops on music and birdsong in Glacier National Park, designs and facilitates interdisciplinary arts events for schools, museums, and communities, and maintains private lesson studios in Great Falls and Shelby, Montana. Alyssa further advocates for the arts as a board member for the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, and as artist representative to the board of the Montana Performing Arts Consortium.
Alyssa is an alumna of Domaine Forget and Bowdoin music festivals, and 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.
In her spare time, Alyssa loves to read, make messes in the kitchen, and explore the outdoors.