Continuing our Alumni Spotlight series, we spoke with Tanya Solomon, a former SDYS violinist from the 1990’s, to see what she is up to today.
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory was a great place to be able to play music with other kids my age, although I’m sure it was my parents’ decision at that point. And I made a lot of friends! My happiest memory of SDYS was our Spain Tour. I uploaded photos from the tour onto our SDYS Alumni Facebook group – check it out!
After SDYS, I attended Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance), Northwestern University (Master’s of Music in Viola performance) and then was a violist in orchestras for many years. I now teach violin and viola privately and perform in the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo with my husband.
Music has enriched my life by introducing me to a lot of interesting people and traveling to many countries…something I may not have been able to do otherwise. I’ve made several recordings, mostly with my husband as a viola duo, as well as a recording of the Bach Cello Suites on viola. We both teach privately in Western Massachusetts and online worldwide via Skype.
My advice to younger musicians is to learn how to play (and get along) with a section. This skill helps you learn to work with others, which is helpful in whatever career you choose.