Viola Library - Coming Soon

Learn to play the enigmatic viola from your first notes to your first songs and beyond with this series of engaging educational videos.

Overview

Learn to play one of the most enjoyable orchestral string instruments: the viola. Its singing tones will resonate with players of all ages. We'll teach you how!

This video library is perfect for:
  • First-time players ready to get playing
  • Intermediate instrumentalists looking to hone their performance skills
  • All players interested in self-paced, authentic instruction
In this library you’ll learn:
  • Instrument care and proper body position
  • How to hold the instrument and make your first sounds
  • Instrument-specific techniques to enhance your playing
  • Intermediate and advanced techniques and repertoire

Instructors

Gary DePaolo

Gary DePaolo received his bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. While attending he studied with Chicago Lyric Opera Principal Violist, Rami Solomonov and was coached in chamber music by the Chicago String Quartet. Having recently completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Montana State University, DePaolo is entering his ninth year as the director of the orchestra and guitar programs at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper Wyoming. There he conducts three orchestras and a guitar ensemble. In 2019 his groups joined Laramie High School and the String Academy of Wyoming to travel to and perform in Ireland. DePaolo has been a guest director for the Wyoming State String Clinic and judge for Colorado ASTA. He is also an adjunct string instructor at Casper College and the principal violist of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Both are positions that he has held for the last 21 years. DePaolo is an avid composer having created underscores for Richard the 3rd, The Diviners, The Scarlet Letter , the Laramie project and various other works. He has always been a collaborator with local bands and musical groups. His group “ Leave it to S.H.I.V.A.” was featured in the Wyoming Arts Council 2021 “Summer Roadtrip” playlist. DePaolo’s private teaching focuses on ease and tension-free viola playing with traditional and nontraditional repertoire.