Susan Pray, Viola

Susan Pray,  violist, began her career in San Diego, playing in the symphony at age 17.  As winner of the La Jolla Young Artist’s Competition, Grossmont Concert Association and twice winner of the Musical merit Foundation, she made numerous solo appearances with orchestra and in recital. She represented San Diego at the Michigan Congress of Strings as principal violist under the tutelage of William LIncer.  In New York City, as a student of Walter Trampler, graduated from the Juilliard School, recipient of the Naumberg and G. Schirmer scholarships. She also performed for the “Hour of Music” and Young Concert Artist’s Guild and was  a member of the Aspen String Quartet, solo violist with the Vivaldi Traveling Virtuosi, principal violist of Musica Sacra and associate principal of New York City Opera. During this time Ms. Pray toured with Frank Sinatra, the last five years before his retirement.  She is currently associate principal with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and active in the recording studios, playing film scores, jingles and solo albums.  Miss Pray was the first female violist nominated for “Most Valuable Player” by the National Association for Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).