Michael Strauss, violist, is on the faculty of the Doylestown Community Conservatory and maintains private teaching studios in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and Chestertown, Maryland. He has performed professionally in Boston (Boston Pops, Opera Company of Boston, Boston Philharmonic), with the Louisville Symphony, The Galilee Symphony of Israel, and the Jalapa Symphony in Mexico. From 1984 to 1994, in Nebraska, he was the Principal Violist in the Omaha Symphony, the Lincoln Symphony and a member of the Fontenelle Quartet. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Principal Violist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, in Iowa, on the faculty of the Cedar Rapids Symphony School and a member of the Cedar Rapids String Quartet. From 1999 until his 2009 move to Philadelphia, he was Principal Violist and Director of Education and Outreach for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, director of the Washington College String Orchestra, the Kent School Strings and the "Classical Advantage" musical day camp. He was also the founder of the Mariner String Quartet.
Mr. Strauss was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Boston when he was twelve. He served as the Principal Violist in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony, Principal Violist in the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra, and Principal Violist in the MENC All-Eastern Orchestra. He performed in Carnegie Hall with Alexander Schneider's New York String Orchestra and was Assistant Principal Violist in the Jeunnesse Musicale World Orchestra. From Yale, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English Literature, then, from the New England Conservatory, a Masters Degree, with Distinction in Performance. His most influential teachers were Eugene Lehner, George Neikrug, Benjamin Zander, and Karen Tuttle.