Elizabeth O’Hara Stahr is a professional violist and a resident of Arlington, Virginia for the last 7 years. She has extensive experience with chamber music, having benefited from the coaching of prestigious chamber musicians, such as violinist Helen Kwalwasser, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Sidney Curtiss, and cellists Orlando Cole, Jeffrey Solow, and Michael Mermagen. She received in-depth training as a young player at several chamber music institutes and workshops throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, Elizabeth is the co-founder of the Vivace String Quartet in central PA, formed in 2000, an ensemble that has performed several recitals and countless private functions in the Harrisburg, PA area.
Elizabeth was also the co-founder of Altra Strings in 2008, a professional all-female quartet formed out of The Catholic University of America, whose most exciting performance was in conjunction with DreamWorks pictures for the 2009 film The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. Most recently, she performed as violist of the Fairfax Chamber Ensemble from 2012-2014 before becoming an Artist-in- Residence of Prelude’s Chamber Music Program. She is also the violist of St. Charles String Quartet, a Washington D.C. area ensemble that performs for many functions each year.
An orchestral musician in demand, Elizabeth is currently the principal violist of the Apollo Orchestra. She also performs in area ensembles, including the Amadeus Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Temple University and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from The Catholic University of America.
A passionate advocate of music education, Elizabeth currently operates a private violin and viola studio in the Alcova Heights neighborhood of Arlington. She also has the privilege of being a viola sectional instructor at several schools throughout Fairfax County. Elizabeth most recently joined the faculty of GMU and Potomac Arts Academy’s Ovations Summer Strings Academy as a chamber music and sectional instructor. In addition to being an educator, Elizabeth is also an active member of the Arlington community and county. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Arlington Philharmonic. As Artistic Director of Crescendo, Elizabeth hopes to inspire a richer culture and appreciation of music in the Arlington community through the rewarding and impactful experiences of its young members.