Currently Assistant Professor of Viola at Texas State University, Dr. Ames Asbell has been teaching viola and coaching chamber music for over 25 years. She has had a vibrant private studio in Austin, Texas since 1998 and has served on faculty at Texas State University since 2005. Her former students have gone on to further study at universities such as Eastman, Oberlin, Rice, Peabody and The University of North Texas, to fine arts high schools such as Interlochen Arts Academy and and Idyllwild Arts Academy and to summer festivals such as Aspen, Castleman Quartet Program, Credo, Hot Springs and Brevard.  Several are successful orchestra teachers in public and private school settings, and others have their own private studios. To date, two of  Dr. Asbell's former students have earned the top chair in TMEA All-State competition (Principal Viola of the TMEA Symphony Orchestra), and a third earned the Principal Viola chair in the TPSMEA (Texas Private School Music Educators Association) All-State Orchestra.  

Dr. Asbell founded the Texas State String Project in 2010 and has served as its director ever since, overseeing a program that has grown to include nearly 80 students and 12 student teachers and assistants. She has formerly taught at The University of Texas at Austin (Teaching Assistant to Roger Myers), Austin Chamber Music Center, The University of Texas String Project and New England Music Camp.

The viola studio at Texas State regularly presents public concerts both on campus and beyond, and enjoys exploring the viola ensemble literature. In Spring 2017 they are thrilled to be one of the featured schools on the American Viola Society's "From the Studio" blog!  Please look for our posts in March and April at https://www.americanviolasociety.org/Education/Studio-Blog.php. The Texas State Viola Studio also now has its own blog at http://viola.wp.txstate.edu/. Check it out to see what we've been up to!

To schedule a sample lesson with Dr. Asbell and learn more about viola studies at Texas State University, please contact her via email at viola@txstate.edu.