Robert Vernon served as principal viola of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1976 to 2016 and was the longest-tenured string principal in the Orchestra’s history. He has performed at most of this country’s major chamber music festivals and with the nation’s most prominent orchestras. His former students hold positions as chamber musicians, teachers and players in more than 50 different orchestras. In the Preparatory and Continuing Education department, Mr. Vernon teaches in the Young Artist Program (YAP), which requires a video audition.


  • The Juilliard School of Music (with honors)

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • Viola faculty, 1976–present
  • Juilliard School
    • Viola faculty, 2009–present
  • Additional faculty experience:
    • Kent/Blossom
    • The National Orchestral Institute in Maryland
    • The New World Symphony in Miami