Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Whitney La Grange

Whitney La Grange, violin/viola, is from McAllen, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Margaret Pardee and Naoko Tanaka. She was awarded a Master of Music Degree from the University of Illinois where she had a full scholarship and teaching assistantship under Sherban Lupu. While there, she also studied with Emanuel Vardi, and chamber music with Nathaniel Rosen. In 1995, she attended the Artist Diploma Program at Yale University where she had a full scholarship and was a student of Erik Friedman. Her chamber music studies were under the guidance of members of the Tokyo Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, and Boris Berman. She became first violin of the St. Augustine String Quartet in 1995. The Quartet had a graduate residency at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, working with members of the Bergonzi Quartet. From 1995 to 1998 the Quartet performed extensively throughout Florida, and performed at festivals in Michigan, Victoria, Toronto, and Delaware. In 1998, the Quartet issued a CD of Bartok String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s "Harp" Quartet on Fuller Sound Recordings. While in Miami, she was a core member of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. Since moving back to New York in 1999, she has played with the Jupiter Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and S.E.M. Ensemble.
      On March 15, 2005, Ms. La Grange will perform the World Premiere of her husband Drew Krause’s Quadrille for violin and orchestra with the Musica Bella Orchestra.

Musica Bella concerts: June 2, 2002; October 19, 2003; January 30, 2005