Shannon Farrell Williams, viola
A native of Wisconsin, Shannon Farrell Williams began playing the violin at the age of five. Later she began playing viola in the Dubinsky Quartet, which was awarded several prizes during its existence, including the Junior Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Competition in California. Ms. Williams won first place in Indiana University’s annual viola competition in 2000, shortly after switching her major from violin to viola performance. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana in 2001, and completed her Master’s Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2003. Ms. Williams performed with the viola section of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra during the 2004-05 season and began with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in September 2005. Since 2008, she has been the principal viola for the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.