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Theresa Lazar Musician in Residence Department of Performing Arts

Additional Positions at AU
Teri Lazar, violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Lazar performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet. Recently, the Quartet performed to great acclaim at the Musica Sacra festival in Ecuador. The Quartet has performed with noted pianists Menahem Pressler and Miceal O’Rourke, and with guitarist Roland Dyens.

The Quartet has recorded for the Living Music, Arizona University Recordings, Amcam and AmeriMusic labels. A collection of Christmas music, which they edited, has been published under the imprint of G. Schirmer, Inc. West Virginia Public Television and Chinese National Television have also featured the Sunrise Quartet in a one-hour TV show “A Musical Bridge to China” broadcast. Performances by the Quartet have been broadcast for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, “What Makes it Great” and “Front Row Washington”.

In addition to her work with the Quartet she has recorded chamber music for the Albany, Klavier, North/South Recordings, Plucked String, and Centaur labels and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program.

She received a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from the Catholic University of America. She continued her studies at Catholic University with Robert Gerle and received a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Music degree in violin performance. Dr. Lazar is currently on the faculty of the American University where she teaches violin and is Musician in Residence. She is currently the Concertmaster of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at the Spoleto festival in the USA and in Italy and she toured Europe twice with the New York group, Amor Artis.

What the critics say:

“Beautifully played by violinist Teri Lazar”

The Washington Post

“a superb musician”
The Czech and Slovak Society

“an unusually warm tone and a splendid legato”

The Washington Post

“virtuoso playing”

The Richmond Times Dispatch
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Spring 2023

  • MUS-021 Private Instrument Study: Violin

  • MUS-022 Private Instrument Study: Violin

  • MUS-121 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Violin

  • MUS-122 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Violin

  • MUS-434 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Senior Recital, Violin

  • MUS-792 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Violin