Uri Wassertzug

Uri Wassertzug poses with violin
Adjunct Professor of Viola and Chamber Music,
Music Program
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Uri Wassertzug is an adjunct professor of Viola and Chamber Music. He is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House/Washington National Opera Orchestra.

Making music on the viola is a rare activity that, when done satisfyingly, engages both sides of our brain. There are many technical hurdles to overcome to make a good sound and to play the correct notes at the correct time. But achieving excellence is only part of creating beauty: we must also apply knowledge, feeling, creativity, and emotion. It is my privilege to engage with students on all these levels.


Current Outside Position


  • Tenured member of Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony. Founding member of National Chamber Ensemble.



  • Member of American Federation of Musicians
  • Member of SEIU



B.M. in Viola Performance, University of Maryland at College Park

M.M. in Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music