Ms Lorence composes on viola in the neoclassical / new-age genre. Her critically acclaimed CD Winter Moon (2005), and recently released Movements in the Moment (2009), explore the viola’s wide range of nuance and texture through the intricately woven mosaic of soundscapes. She has recorded on Adventure Girls Studios and Marble Feather Music labels. Ms Lorence is also a Suzuki violin and viola instructor.
Lorence graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of South Florida and has more than 30 years of performance experience. She is also an accomplished sound engineer, and has produced original soundtracks for documentaries in addition to her own CDs.
Career highlights include performing on viola with esteemed orchestras across the United States, including the Minnesota Philharmonic, Tampa Bay Opera and Naples Symphony Orchestra; touring internationally with the Mantovanni Orchestra. She performed in orchestras accompanying legends such as Julie Andrews, Red Skelton, Liberace, Robert Goulet, and Frank Sinatra Jr.
As a composer, Lorence’s classical training, extensive performance career and passion for the viola combine to create a unique neoclassical sound. Critics have describe her style as the meeting of Richard Wagner, John Williams and Phillip Glass – some of the best contemporary instrumental music (New Age Reporter) and so haunting…(it) goes straight to the soul (WERU-FM, East Orland, Maine). Winter Moon was nominated in four categories for the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Awards in 2005. Her music was in rotation on Music Choice satellite radio from 2005 -2011
Rhonda Lorence currently composes music in her home studio, and perform on violin with the Celtic Folk group The Mountain Laurels. She has studied extensively with both the Suzuki method and the Mark O’Connor teaching methods. She teaches violin and viola in the mountains of North Carolina, where she currently resides.
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