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Helen Callus currently holds the appointment of Professor of Viola at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has recently accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the prestigious Colburn Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles teaching exceptionally talented pre-college students. Her first teaching appointment, at the age of 26, was at the University of Washington, where she taught for seven years. A tireless advocate for the viola and for student musicians, Ms. Callus is in high demand across the country as a visiting professor. She has taught over 80 master classes around the world, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, The Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, The Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, to name only a few. She has also given residencies at some of the nation’s leading schools of music such as the Juilliard School, Indiana University School of Music, The Cleveland Institute, The Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Rice School of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, The Colburn School and the University of Michigan, as well as for organizations such as the American String Teachers Association National Conference and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In 2005 Ms. Callus was invited as the guest of honor for the Australian Teaching Association and Australian National Youth Orchestra’s “Year of the Viola” Festival held outside of Sydney. A prize winner at several major competitions, including the Tertis International Viola Competition, Ms. Callus has adjudicated for the American String Teachers Association and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Festival, and served as Chair of the jury for the renowned Primrose International Viola Competition in 2003.

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