Emily Onderdonk, viola
A native of San Francisco, Emily Onderdonk received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Manhattan School of Music and went on to post-graduate studies at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include James Buswell, Raphael Bronstein, Daniel Kobialka, and Karen Tuttle.
While working on her master’s degree Ms. Onderdonk toured with the New York City Opera National Company as principal violist. She has since performed as principal violist with orchestras around the country including the Santa Fe Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. From 1995 to 1997 Ms. Onderdonk toured with the Lyon National Opera in France, again as principal violist, traveling to Paris, London and Vienna and recording CDs of Offenbach, Donizetti, Massenet and Puccini.
She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and Ballet. A proponent of contemporary music and an avid supporter of music education, she has performed with ensembles including San Francisco’s Composers Inc. and Earplay, the Group for Contemporary Music in New York, and numerous venues for children, and has developed and performed in interactive concerts for thousands of children in the western states.
Currently Ms. Onderdonk is principal violist with the Sacramento Philharmonic (a post held since 2001) and keeps an active life as a chamber musician, performing with ensembles across the U.S.