Bratsche con Brio - Viola Ensemble

An exciting performance option at UTA is Bratsche con Brio, the Viola Ensemble at UTA. This student ensemble is devoted to the performance of compositions written for multiple violas. The group actively commissions new pieces for this medium and has presented formal and educational concerts internationally and throughout the state of Texas. Their first CD, featuring Bratsche con Brio in performance at the XXVII International Viola Congress in Canada, was released last year.

Director of Chamber Music

Catherine Forbes, M.M. New England Conservatory

Department of Music


Area: Viola

Catherine Forbes


Office: FA 2122

Bio: Catherine Forbes is Viola Professor and Director of Chamber Music at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is Founding Director of the UTA Viola Recital Lecture Series, now in its 29th season. Renowned as a gifted teacher, her students have been prizewinners in local and national competitions, perform regularly with symphony orchestras and continue to pursue education at major conservatories in the United States and abroad. Previous Artist Faculty appointments include the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Phillips Academy in Andover MA and the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. As a recent guest of Vietnam Connection Music Festival, she presented chamber concerts and master classes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and performed as guest Principal Viola of the Hanoi Symphony. Catherine performed as artist in residence for the Andover Chamber Players for four seasons in Massachusetts. She toured New England with Musica Nova, premiering newly commissioned chamber music pieces to the acclaim of the Boston Globe. She was a featured performing artist at the XXVII International Viola Congress in Canada. She held office as National Secretary of the American Viola Society for a four-year tenure, and was awarded the National Founder’s Award for excellence in performance, teaching and service. She is recipient of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently she was awarded the Phyllis Young Outstanding Studio Teacher Award for 2019 presented by the Texas American String Teachers Association. Catherine performs on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo, c. 1790 and a bow made by Guillaume Maline in 1850.