Ralph Fielding

Viola Faculty, Wintergreen Summer Music Academy

Viola, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra

Additional Affiliations:

  • Lynn University Conservatory of MusicArtist Faculty
  • Past university teaching positions: University of Southern California, UCLA, Texas Tech University
  • Past orchestral positions: Los Angeles Philharmonic and Utah Symphony

Internationally known viola pedagogue Ralph Fielding teaches in Boca Raton, Florida at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, a small and high-quality program that for the last few years has provided full tuition scholarships for nearly all accepted conservatory applicants. Mr. Fielding previously held positions at the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles and Texas Tech University. He is active as a clinician at music programs around the country and has given master classes at such institutions as Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute, DePaul University, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory, Rice University, the New World Symphony and the Colburn School. He has also been an adjudicator for ASTA, MTNA, Suzuki, AVS/Primrose and other competitions. He specializes in quickly getting players to reach their highest potential through combining a singing approach to music-making with simple ways to master the basic mechanics of bow control, shifts, string crossings and bow changes. 

Prior to his teaching activities, Mr. Fielding had a long history as an orchestral musician. As a teenager, he played a year in the Utah Symphony under Maurice Abravanel. He later spent 16 years as a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (including serving a term as Chair of their Auditions Committee) and has since helped students prepare musically and mentally for the most competitive of performance situations. His orchestral repertoire students continue to win positions in ICSOM and regional orchestras.

Ralph Fielding held a three-year term as the elected President of the American Viola Society, a 33-year-old 1,000 member nonprofit organization that puts out a peer-reviewed Journal, sponsors the North American Viola Congress every two years and holds the Primrose Memorial Viola Competition, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious viola-only events.

Mr. Fielding graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. and M.M. in Music and an M.B.A. from their School of Management.