Dr. Shelly Tramposh is Associate Professor of Viola at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where she teaches viola, chamber music, string pedagogy, The Art of Practicing, and serves as coordinator of the string area.


Dr. Tramposh is in demand as a clinician, and has given presentations at ASTA national conferences, International Viola Society congresses, and at workshops and master classes throughout the United States and in Europe and Central America. Her article on practicing appeared in the October 2011 issue of The Strad, in the same month that her CD “Sprezzatura”, with pianist Cullan Bryant, was released by Ravello, containing world premieres by Paul Chihara and Paul Siskind. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed at two International Viola Congresses and in recital in the U.S. and abroad. Gramophone praised her CD as “a disc that ought to hold appeal far beyond the viola community”, praising her “bright, silvery tone,” and the Irish Times said of her performance of the Enescu Concertpiece, “Tramposh reveled in its technicalities…her tone production had a distinctive complexity.”

Dr. Tramposh is also a member of the Perron Trio and the Potsdam Piano Quartet, and performs on the Loon Lake Live concert series. Before joining the faculty at the Crane School of Music, Dr. Tramposh was a member of several orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Central City Opera Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Marin Symphony. She attended many summer festivals, including the Taos Summer Chamber Music Academy, the National Repertory Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, and three years with the Spoleto Festival/Festival dei due Mondi. As a faculty member at Eastern Music Festival, she presented workshops on auditioning with conductor Edmon Colomer. Dr. Tramposh holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her principal teachers include Martha Katz, Steven Tenenbom, Erika Eckert, and Don Ehrlich, and she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Bill Starr and Teri Einfeldt. She proudly serves on the executive board for the American Viola Society.

Shelly Tramposh