Sylvia

Ahramjian

Violinist & Educator


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Teaching

Sylvia taught violin and viola at West Chester University for 37 years, where she received the Dean’s Award for teaching excellence. In addition, she also conducted the Chamber Orchestra, coached chamber music, and founded and led the Baroque Ensemble at the University.

Music Festivals

She has taught and performed at many summer festivals including the:

  • Encontro internacional de cordas de Limeira, Brazil
  • Luzerne Music Festival, New York
  • Adirondack Ensemble Music Camp, New York
  • Goppisburg Festival, Switzerland
  • The Casals Festival, Puerto Rico
  • International Master Classes, Romania
  • Summer Program at Oxford University, England
  • West Chester University High School Music Camp
  • Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts
Guest Faculty Appearances

Mrs. Ahramjian was part of a delegation from West Chester University that visited China, where she offered several lectures and recitals on American Music at Macau University and the Shanghai Teachers University. She also led a Master Class for students at Shanghai University. She was later invited to return to China, where she presented Master-Classes and performances at both China Conservatory in Beijing and Ghoizhou University.

In the summer of 2009, she gave master classes at an International Suzuki festival in Puerto Rico. In 2010, she also co-presented a paper at an International festival in Costa Rica. In partnership with Alice Speh, a West Chester University language professor, this effort examined the advantages of using music to teach language and using language to teach music.

Sylvia has also presented Master Classes at James Madison University, Lehigh University, and Southeastern Louisiana University. In the spring of 2014, she played a recital and give a Master Class at Ithaca University. She has since been asked to teach violin at Ithaca College in fall 2014.

Student Achievements

For over 20 years, Sylvia taught at both the Wilmington Music School and the Temple University Preparatory Division. Two of her students have won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and many have won at the State level, earning Sylvia National recognition for teaching. Additionally, she was twice named teacher of the year by the Delaware Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.

Competitions

Many of her students have won competitions, allowing them be soloists with the following ensembles:

  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Delaware Symphony
  • Newark Symphony (14 different students)
  • Delaware County Symphony
  • Kennett Symphony
  • Delaware Community Orchestra
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchestra
  • Warminister Symphony
  • Lansdale Symphony
  • Delaware County Orchestra
  • Immaculata College Orchestra
  • Millersville University Orchestra
Schools

Former Students have attended the:

  • Juilliard School
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Oberlin College (violin and viola)
  • Eastman School of Music (violin and viola)
  • Majority of the Ivy League Schools
Careers

Many of her former students have had successful careers, holding positions with the:

  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Fort Worth Symphony in Texas (Viola)
  • Memphis Symphony
  • Lark String Quartet (won the Naumburg Competition)
  • San Jose California Orchestra (Concertmaster)
  • Professional chamber group in Denmark
  • Breckenridge Summer Festival Orchestra (Concertmaster)
  • Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia
  • Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland
  • Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra

One violist was a finalist for the National Symphony Associate Principal Position. They have been faculty members at Stanford University, the Colburn School, Ithaca College, Lincoln University, and Immaculata University. Many former students have developed successful string programs all over the state of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York.

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