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B.A., Earlham College; M.A., University of Chicago

Paula Zeitlin
Senior Music Performance Faculty in Jazz Violin

Teach jazz violin and viola improvisation, jazz string ensembles; perform with my jazz quintet PZQ; play fiddle, enjoy all styles.

I am interested in the history of bowed strings (violin, viola, cello) in jazz, including the use of strings in early blues, in big bands, as well as contemporary jazz/rock string quartets and ensembles. I'm also interested in the challenges of composing and arranging jazz, world, and contemporary music for string players, and ways of bringing together jazz and classical musicians. I like learning new methods of teaching improvisation, and learning different styles of improvised music, from bluegrass to salsa.

I teach jazz violin and viola as well as coach Wellesley BlueJazz small combos, and Synergy, an improvising jazz string ensemble made up of Wellesley and Olin students. I have taught jazz, American fiddle styles, jazz theory, and ear training at the RIvers School Conservatory and in my private studio. I have given clinics on improvisation and jazz string history throughout New England and at national conferences, and have continued to study both classical and jazz violin myself.

Leader: Paula Zeitlin Quintet (PZQ), and freelance violin/viola in styles from fiddle to jazz. 

Traveling, hiking, hanging out with my husband, family and friends, walking our dog Harry, gardening, jamming and going to hear live music.

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