Bobby

About Bobby

Bobby has been playing the viola for over 18 years and performs in several orchestras around the Pittsburgh area.

Buying a Viola Checklist

July 28th, 2016|Categories: Featured, General Viola|Tags: , , |

With the school season right around the corner, it's important to  know what to look for when buying or renting a viola. Besides the viola itself, there are a number of accessories necessary to play the viola properly and comfortably. We cover the various accessories below, which include: the bow,

Should I Rent or Buy a Viola?

July 14th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , , |

With rental season starting soon, you may be wondering whether you should buy a new viola or rent one. The answer is not simple and usually requires weighing not only the upfront monetary cost, but whether the student will continue playing for years to come or stop three months

This Week in Violas – July 3

July 4th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Updates|Tags: , , |

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Hope you all are enjoying time with your families or on grand adventures like I currently am. This week will kick off our bi-weekly summary of what is happening around the world and Internet regarding the beloved viola. We will keep you

Can I Fly with a Viola as Carry-On?

June 27th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , |

The short answer is yes, but different airlines have different guidelines. Air Canada has received a lot of flack the past few years when it first banned violas from traveling as carry-on luggage only to reverse its stance a few weeks later. Given that the airline already had

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Review

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Music Reviews, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev is definitely a piece that should be in every violists repertoire and we highly recommend including it in your next recital. The more romantic scenes take advantage of the full expressive range of the viola

Best Viola Jokes

June 21st, 2016|Categories: Viola Jokes|Tags: , , |

Violas have always been the butt of viola jokes since first violins came into existence. According to WikiPedia, "The viola jokes are thought to have originated from the 18th century when the part of the viola was very uncomplicated and often just a filler part, thus attracting

Viola: Neglected No Longer

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: |

Finally the viola gets to shine! BBC interviewed Brett Dean, former member of the Berlin Philharmonic's viola section, about why he likes the viola and how it has taken a prominent role on-stage in orchestras around the world. As more of a promo for his Viola Concerto

Why Are Viola Jokes so Short?

January 12th, 2016|Categories: Viola Jokes|

Why are viola jokes so short? So violinists can understand them.

How Do You Protect Your Instrument?

January 7th, 2016|Categories: Viola Jokes|Tags: , |

How do you protect your instrument? Pack it in a viola case. How do you protect your instrument? #funwcq #silly #funny #cute #lol #catalystquartet #violajokes A photo posted by Catalyst Quartet (@catalystquartet) on Dec 29, 2015 at 2:01pm PST

Top 5 Viola Shoulder Rests 2016

January 6th, 2016|Categories: Product Reviews, Reviews|Tags: , , |

Kun K400C Viola Shoulder Rest - Kun is by far the most common viola and violin shoulder rest brand. A real classic, this should rest boasts collapsible and adjustable feet to limit space taken up in a viola case and fit a wide range of viola sizes.