Orchestra & Music
Paula Riordan started playing violin at age 4 in her mother’s Suzuki studio. As a child, she attended several Suzuki institutes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California. In high school she was invited to Washington D.C. as a National Musical Honors’ candidate from her home state of Washington.
She received a music scholarship to Brigham Young University where she graduated with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. While attending BYU, Mrs. Riordan played with the university Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras. She was featured as a soloist with the Chamber orchestra on two different American tours to the Southern States, and California. Paula has also obtained her music education degree through Salt Lake Community college and the University of Utah.
Mrs. Riordan currently plays with the Orchestra on Temple Square and teaches orchestra at Legacy Preparatory Academy, a Charter school in North Salt Lake.
She has played professionally with the several groups including; Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (Colorado), Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Utah Festival Opera Company, Seattle Philharmonic, and Puget Sound Chamber Artists. She has had the opportunity to play with many world renowned recording artists such as; Pink Martini, Air Supply, and the Kings’ Singers.
Mrs. Riordan has worked with several violinists and/or conductors in Utah and Washington State as well as private studios while studying in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. Local teachers include: Donna Fairbanks, Nell Gotkovsky, Jack Ashton, Clyn Barrus, Igor Gruppman, Helen Pagels DePastel, and Richard Skerlong.
Mrs. Riordan thoroughly enjoys teaching violin to all levels of students, beginning-advanced. She uses the Suzuki method but supplements with many other techniques.