Willie McLellan – Viola & Violin Instructor.
Willie McLellan is an active educator and performer in the Chicagoland area. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota his first experience playing a musical instrument was in beginning piano instruction at age seven . Willie consequently began violin instruction soon after and participated in the school district orchestra program. In middle school he commited himself to learning the viola. Participating in chamber music has been a passion ever since.
Highlights of Mr. McLellan’s education include earning a BM in violin performance at UW-Madison under Felicia Moye, and MM in viola performance with Rami Solomonow at De Paul University in Chicago. He has most recently been the viola assistant to Tony Devroye at Northern Illinois University. Willie has participated in studies and performance at various summer music festivals such as Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in the north woods of Minnesota, the late Lorin Maazel’s Castelton festival based in Virginia, and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in the Cascades.
In Chicago, Willie was a regular violist with the Civic Orchestra. During his two year tenure he played in the MusiCorps String Quartet. Other ensembles he has played with include the Illinois, Rockford and Oistrakh symphonies. Willie studied the Suzuki method with Ed Kreitman and Rolando Freitag.