Michelle Rush (baroque viola) resides in Boston where she freelances and teaches. She received the Bachelor of Music, Magna cum laude, from the University of Houston where she studied with Lawrence Wheeler, and earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Music from the Florida State University while studying with Pamela Ryan. Her extensive research on injury prevention and the physiology of string playing is a cornerstone of her teaching method and a hallmark of her playing.
She has maintained a varied private studio of beginning to advanced violin and viola students for ten years, and has seven years experience teaching viola and chamber music at the college level. As a soloist Dr. Rush was first runner-up in the Florida State Doctoral Concerto Competition and state winner in the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. As a chamber musician, she has performed Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s String Quartet No. 2 with the Eppes Quartet in New York City in a live broadcast for WNYC, and has attended the Festival Institute at Round Top, Bowdoin, Musicorda, and the Lydian String Quartet Workshop. She also plays baroque viola and has performed with the Tallahassee Bach Parley, Atlanta Baroque, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and has played with New Trinity Baroque since 2005.