What I Do at SSU
I teach studio viola.
Wayne Roden, violist with the San Francisco Symphony since 1974, began studying the violin at age 8 in his native Alabama. He studied violin, viola, and chamber music with members of the Claremont Quartet at the North Carolina School of the Arts and then enrolled at Northern Illinois University in order to study with the newly formed Vermeer Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois in 1970. During a tour of military service, Mr. Roden played frequently at the White House as a member of the Strolling Strings of the U.S. Army Band. He also was soloist with the Army Chamber Orchestra at the National Academy of Science in Washington. While in service he studied viola with Karen Tuttle of Philadelphia. Mr. Roden has been a member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco, where he performed with Janos Starker, Jaime Laredo, Jerome Lowenthal, and Stephanie Chase. Recently he has performed in the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series and in the pre-concert Chamber Music Series, both in Davis Symphony Hall. He was one of the solo strings that recorded the Metamorphoses of Richard Strauss with Herbert Blomstedt conducting, on the Philips label.