A native of Iowa, violist Angela Kratchmer maintains an international career as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator. Committed to socially-motivated artistic practice, Kratchmer was selected to join the Global Leaders Program as a member of the 2018 Cohort and recently completed a certificate in social justice, teaching artistry, cultural agency, and social entrepreneurship with teaching artist residencies in Chile, Paraguay, and Tanzania.
With degrees from Luther College and the Eastman School of Music, Kratchmer served as the principal violist of both institutions’ top symphonic ensembles. Additional study has included summer festivals such as the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Music Mountain, California Summer Music, and the International Orchestra Institute Attergau with the Vienna Philharmonic. An avid student of chamber music, Kratchmer has participated in coachings and masterclasses of the Juilliard, Ying, Brentano, Parker, and Avalon string quartets, with additional instruction from eminent chamber musicians such as Colin Carr, Violaine Melançon, and Kim Kashkashian. Kratchmer has performed in the viola sections of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Tri-City Opera, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Silicon Valley Philharmonic, and Symphony Napa Valley.
Before beginning graduate studies at Eastman, Kratchmer was granted a fellowship with Orchestra Institute Napa Valley, a post-graduate program emphasizing performance, arts outreach, and professional development. As an OINV Fellow, Kratchmer was engaged in diverse teaching capacities, providing instruction in an El Sistema-inspired initiative, coaching the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and developing curriculum for an Artful Learning elementary school.
Currently based in Miami, Kratchmer is pursuing a DMA at the Frost School of Music as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow and Teaching Assistant to her teacher and mentor Jodi Levitz. Kratchmer's former teachers include Spencer Martin and Carol Rodland.