Stanley Konopka joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1991 and has been assistant principal viola since 1993. He previously served as principal violist and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Konopka has given concerts at chamber music festivals throughout North America such as Taos, Lakes, Pensacola and Banff. 



  • Interlochen Arts Academy; studied with David Holland
  • Cleveland Institute of Music; studied with Robert Vernon  
  • Additional teachers and mentors include Milton Preves (principal viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Susan Starrett

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Encore School for Strings
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Cleveland State University
  • Kent/Blossom Music Festival