Violist Jeffrey Irvine is a dedicated educator, violist and chamber musician who was named Artist Teacher of the Year (2020) by the American String Teachers Association. His students have often been first prize winners in major viola competitions, including the Primrose Competition, ASTA National Solo Competition and Washington International Competition. Many have gone on to major orchestral, teaching and chamber music posts across the country and around the world. Irvine also teaches at the Aspen Music Festival.

Photo credit: Robert Muller


  • BM, Philadelphia Musical Academy
  • MM, Eastman School of Music
  • Teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Charles Castleman, Dorothy DeLay, Martha Katz, William Primrose, Margaret Randall, Karen Tuttle and Donald Weilerstein

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music
Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola, 1999–present

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Professor of viola, 1983–1999
Chair of the string division, 1992–1999

Wichita State University 
Instructor of viola, 1977–1981