Leah Hollingsworth, viola
Leah Swann Hollingsworth is a violist, writer, arts programs consultant, and professional development leader for young musicians. Leah has also worked at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, where she was a part of the Musical Connections program, bringing performances and creative workshops into healthcare settings, correctional facilities, senior service organizations, and homeless shelters across all five boroughs of New York. Leah acted as the liaison between venues and artists, planning for and producing over 100 performances each year and preparing both the venues and the artists, making programmatic suggestions, offering feedback after performances, and co-designing a series of specific Professional Development with her team. She also managed several of Musical Connections’ multi-week or -month creative projects.
Leah is a frequent freelance writer for Symphony Magazine, Strings Magazine, and The Strad and has won Honorable Mention in the Atlantic Monthly's Nonfiction Competition. Leah is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and performs in New York as a substitute with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet (including their 2011 residency at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC), the New York City Opera, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and as a chamber musician, including as a member of Decoda. Leah has performed under James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos; as principal with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; and as a frequent substitute with the New World Symphony.
In 2007-2009, Leah was a fellow of The Academy – A Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, where Leah appeared in eleven chamber music performances in Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall and taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced string classes at the Long Island City High School.
Leah holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, SUNY-Purchase, and Yale University, where she received a BA in English. As a Boston recipient of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Leah dedicated over 200 hours to community service in 2006-07.