About

Our Mission

HVS seeks to create a community among the professional, amateur and student violists in the Greater Houston area and Southeast Texas. We promote interest in the viola by encouraging performance and recording at the highest artistic level, advocating the continued study and research of the viola and its repertoire, and fostering the ongoing development of the local violist community.

To view the Houston Viola Society Bylaws, click here.

Who We Are

The Houston Viola Society is gathering place for Professional, Amateur, and Student Violists in the Greater Houston Area.

The Board

All Houston Viola Society events and operations are made possible by the volunteers that serve on our Executive Board. It is through their generosity and hard work that we are able to present our concerts, recitals, educational initiatives and other activities.

Rainey Weber

President

Rainey Weber is currently the violist of the Carya String Quartet and St. Andrew’s Strings. Committed to chamber music and community engagement, she has collaborated extensively on the development of educational outreach programs for preschoolers, elementary school students, middle school students, and adults. In addition to serving as President and Parliamentarian of the Houston Viola Society, she chairs the Performance, Membership, and By-Laws Committees.
www.caryaquartet.org
 @violarainey

Nina Knight

Secretary

Nina Knight serves on the Executive Committee, Membership Committee, and Donor Committee.
www.ninabledsoeknight.com
@ninabledsoeknight

Siggy Yap

Treasurer

Sergein Yap attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Yap is a core member of the KINETIC Ensemble and Loop38. Mr. Yap serves as the Treasurer of the Houston Viola Society and Chair of the Education Committee.

Meghan Beaudry

Meghan Beaudry earned her B.M. and M.M. at SUNY Purchase and at the University of Hartford. A Suzuki and traditional teacher, she maintains a full studio of students ages 3 to 92. Ms. Beaudry’s students have earned top spots in state and regional competitions. Several of Ms. Beaudry’s students have received full or partial scholarships to study music in college. Currently, Ms. Beaudry serves on the Education and Performance boards at HVS.

Whitney Bullock

Laura Cividino

Laura Cividino is an Italian violinist and violist who performs and teaches in Houston, TX. She is also a founding member of Carya String Quartet. She is honored to serve on the performance committee of the Houston Viola Society. @lillycivi

Sergio Lozano

Sergio Lozano serves on the Viola Day and Performance Committees for HVS. Currently a graduate student at DePaul University, Sergio has had a versatile career in the music industry which included projects in Canada, South America, and throughout Texas for the last 7 years. In addition to teaching viola and violin, Sergio enjoys cooking and learning languages.
@theremodelyre

Rene Salazar

Native Texan violist, Eliseo Rene Salazar, has served as Principal Viola with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestra since January 2004. Mr. Salazar attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra and received his Bachelor’s Degree. He began his graduate studies at Southern Methodist University with Barbara Sudweeks and continued at Indiana University with Atar Arad where he received his Master’s Degree. Mr. Salazar has also studied with Robert Vernon, Donald McInnis, Alan DeVeritch, and Ronald Neal. He is an avid chamber musician and has played with many groups around the Houston area, including St Cecilia Chamber Players, Musiqa, Camerata Ventapane, Texas New Music Ensemble, and Aperio. Mr. Salazar has attended numerous summer festivals including the Taos Summer Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Spoleto USA Festival. He currently spends his summers in southern Oregon where he plays with the Britt Festival Orchestra.

Rachel Shepard

Rachel Shepard is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and also performs with Houston Grand Opera, Mercury Houston, and works as a substitute violinist for the Houston Symphony and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Rachel is a devoted teacher, with over ten years teaching experience. She has worked as a violin and viola instructor for the Houston Youth Symphony Melody and Coda programs since 2013, teaching individual lessons and group classes. Rachel has also worked as a chamber music coach and sectional coach for AFA’s Chamber Music Academy and Summer Music Festival since 2014, serving as acting String Department Head in the summer of 2019. Rachel completed her Masters of Music degree from Rice University, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she studied under Eliot Chapo. She serves on the Education Committee for HVS.

Dawson White

Born in rural East Texas, Dawson White’s musical career has taken him from Walt Disney Hall to Carnegie Hall and across the globe to concert stages of Canada and Austria. He currently performs in the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras and teaches at the University of St. Thomas. Dawson is a board member of the Houston Viola Society and served as it’s inaugural Co-president, past Vice-President, and led two of the organizations successful Viola Days.
dawsonwhiteviola.com