Christina Placilla

Associate Professor

Christina Placilla

Music
208 Fine Arts
(336) 750-2531 (p)
(336) 750-2522 (f)

placillac@wssu.edu



Biography


Christina Placilla is a viola soloist, chamber musician, scholar and teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music in performance at California State University, Long Beach, her Master of Music at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance at the University of Colorado. Her major viola teachers have included Adriana Chirilov (Pacific Symphony Orchestra), Steven Larson (University of Harford and the Adaskin String Trio), Lawrence Dutton (University of Hartford and the Emerson String Quartet), Erika Eckert (University of Colorado and formerly of the Cavani Quartet), and Barbara Hamilton (University of Colorado and the Colorado Chamber Players).

Christina has given solo and chamber music recitals in California, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. Dr. Placilla has played in professional symphony orchestras, ballet orchestras, and opera orchestras throughout the United States. She currently is active as a chamber musician in the Piedmont Triad Area and is the violist in the Placilla-Rice duo, the Winston Quartet and in Ensemble Argos, a flexible chamber music ensemble and piano quartet. She has released a CD entitled Remembrances from Home on the Centaur Label with pianist Hector Landa.

Dr. Placilla has presented on chamber music pedagogy several times at the National American String Teachers Conference, South Carolina ASTA Conference and North Carolina MTNA. She has had two peer-reviewed musicological studies on Viola and Piano works published by the Journal of the American Viola Society. Christina has also recently co-authored non-juried books based upon her chamber music research entitled We Are the Music Makers: A Graded Guide to Chamber Music, Volume I- String Quartets, Volume II- String Trios, and Volume III-Chamber Music for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano through Createspace. She additionally published the children's book Lola the Viola and Her String Instrument Family.

She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships including: Ping Fellowship awarded by Consortium on International Educational Exchange (2013), WSSU International Faculty Development Grant (2013), Winston-Salem Arts Council Regional Artist Grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (2007-2008), the Mr. Holland's Opus Grant (2005), and the Beverly Sears Travel Grant (2002). She has been the recipient of the following awards: Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Port Erin, Isle of Man: Invited Quarterfinalist (2003), David Dalton Research Competition sponsored by the American Viola Society- Second Place (2000), and La Primavera Concerto Competition- Winner (1997).

Christina currently teaches the upper string studio, the Chamber Orchestra, upper division music history courses, and developed General Education courses such as Music and the Movies and Political Music at Winston-Salem State University. From 2006-2012, she was on faculty during the summer session at University of North Carolina School of the Arts as artist in residence of viola and chamber music.

In addition to her teaching, Christina is currently serving as the Chair of the Winston-Salem State University Faculty Senate (2013-2015) and as a member of the UNC Faculty Assembly.

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Musical Arts- Performance, University of Colorado
  • Master of Music- Performance, University of Hartford
  • Bachelor of Music- Performance, California State University, Long Beach

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Chamber Music Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music Performance
  • Viola Performance
  • Nationalism in Chamber Music
  • Chamber Music of Joseph Haydn
  • Nationalism in Music- Ireland, Spain, Romania

Selected Publications:


Christina Placilla, Kenneth Law, Kenneth Northcutt, Stephen Buck, Myron Brown, and Michael Magruder. We Are the Music Makers, Volume III: Chamber Music for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano. Charleston, SC: Createspace, 2013. (This is the third volume of a series of graded chamber music. The grading is by movement based upon a rubric that the authors have created based upon performance skill. The research in this book was funded in part by a WSSU Faculty Development Research Grant for a student research assistant, Kenneth Northcutt.). (lead author).

Christina Placilla, Alexander Hollowell, and Kenneth Law. We Are the Music Makers, Volume II: String Trios: A Graded Guide to Chamber Music. Charleston, SC: Createspace, 2013. (This is the second volume of a series of graded chamber music. The grading is by movement based upon a rubric that the authors have created based upon performance skill. The research in this book was funded in part by a WSSU Faculty Development Research Grant for student research assistants, Alexander Hollowell and Ryan Thornton. This research was presented in part at the 2012 and 2013 American String Teacher Association Conferences.)(lead author).

Christina Placilla. Review: "Chamber Orchestra& Ensemble Repertoire: A Catalog of Modern Music". MLA Notes Volume 69, No. 1 (Sept 2012): 68-69. September 2012.

Christina Placilla and Kenneth Law. We Are the Music Makers, Volume I: A Graded Guide to Chamber Music- String Quartets. Charleston, SC: Createspace, 2012.(This is the first volume of a series of graded chamber music. The grading is by movement based upon a rubric that the authors have created based upon performance skill.  This research was presented in part at the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 American String Teacher Association Conferences, the 2010 MTNA North Carolina State Conference, and the 2010 ASTA South Carolina Conference). (lead author).

Christina Placilla and Hector Landa. Remembrances from Home. Baton Rouge, LA: Centaur Records, 2010. (Duo CD recorded as a result of being awarded a Winston-Salem Arts Council Regional Artist Grant, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. This CD is to be released commercially by Centaur Records within this coming academic year. This was recorded at Ovation Sound with Hector Landa, piano in April 2008. All tracks of this recording has been broadcast nationally on NPR stations and the Moncayo Viola Sonata has been broadcast internationally on the syndicated NPR radio program Fiesta! with host Elbio Barilari.)

Christina Placilla. "The Englishman and His Mistress." Journal of the American Viola Society, Vol.23, No.1. Spring 2007. (This article examines the Irish Nationalist influences in the viola piano duo work, Concert Piece, by composer Arnold Bax.)

Christina Placilla. "The Romanian Nationalist Influences on the Viola Works of Stan Golestan and George Enescu". Journal of the American Viola Society, Vol. 17, No. 1. Fall 2001. (This article examines the Romanian Nationalist influences in viola piano duo works Concertstucke by George Enescu and Arioso et Allegro de Concert by Stan Golestan. This article was the second prize winner in the David Dalton Research Competition for the American Viola Society.)

Additional Information:

  • Presentations at National/Regional Conferences
  • Courses Taught at WSSU
  • Solo and Chamber Music Performance
  • Orchestral Performance
  • Service at WSSU in the Profession and Community





  • March 2014. "Developing the Young String Quartet" Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of Pedagogy in Chamber Music in Lexington, KY.

    April 2013. "We Are the Music Makers" Invited lecturer at the Greensboro Music Teacher's Association, Greensboro, NC.

    March 2013. "Musical Conversations: Nurturing a Collaborative Student Ensemble" Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of Pedagogy in Chamber Music in Providence, RI.

    March 2012. Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Atlanta, GA.

    March 2011. Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Kansas City, MO.

    October 2010. Invited lecturer at the SC ASTA Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Spartanburg, SC.

    October 2010. Invited lecturer at the NC MTNA Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Wilmington, NC.

    March 2010. Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Santa Clara, CA.

    February 2009. Invited lecturer at the American String Teachers Association National Conference on the subject of the Pedagogy of Chamber Music in Atlanta, GA .

    December 3, 2006. "Doina, Brau and Batuta: Romanian folk elements in George Enescu's Concertstucke" presented at the Festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of George Enescu in New York, New York.






    MUS 1114B Applied Violin (Violin Lessons for non-majors)

    MUS 1115B Applied Viola (Viola Lessons for non-majors)

    MUS 1128 String Ensemble (WSSU Chamber Orchestra)

    MUS 1303 Music and the Movies

    MUS 1304 Political Music

    MUS 3038 Special Topics in Music (Chamber Music for Strings, Winds, and Piano)

    MUS 3316 Music History I

    MUS 3317 Music History II

    MUS 3340 Non-Western Music






    SOLO PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

    Solo and Chamber Music Recitals given in Sydney (Australia), Madrid (Spain), California, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

    CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES

    WINSTON QUARTET violist November 2011-present

    PLACILLA-RICE DUO violist June 2009-present

    ENSEMBLE ARGOS violist June 2007-present

    LACHINDE BRATSCHE violist August 2004-present

    KO-LAB PROJEKT violist October 2007-May 2011

    PLACILLA-LANDA DUO violist February 2007-May 2009

    2012-present Winston Quartet

    Residency at First Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, NC

    Concerts included the following works:

    String Quartet in A Minor by Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in A Minor by Felix Mendelssohn

    Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann

    String Quartet in D Major, K. 155 by Wolfgang A. Mozart

    String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Summer 2006- Summer 2011 Guest Artist of Viola and Chamber Music at UNCSA

    Works performed include, but are not limited to:

    Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann

    On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughn Williams

    Passacaglia by Rebecca Clarke

    Trio for Viola, Cello and Piano by Johannes Brahms

    Sonata in E-flat for Viola and Piano by Johannes Brahms

    Octet by Felix Mendelssohn

     

    January 2011 Guest Artist at Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC as a member of the Placilla-Rice Duo

    Works performed include:

    Sonata in F Major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Seven Variations, WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    

    January 2011 Guest Artist at UNCSA as part of the Music @ Watson Faculty Series

    Works performed include:

    Songs from the Edge by Ella Milch-Sheriff

    On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughn Williams

    Three Divertimenti by Benjamin Britten

    February 2010 Guest Artist at Radford University, Radford, VA as a member of the Placilla Rice Duo

    Works performed include:

    Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Part

    Viola Sonata in D Minor by Mikhail Glinka

    Grand Fantasy Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin/Arnold






    September 2010- present Winston-Salem Symphony and Piedmont Opera

    Orchestral section violist for the Winston-Salem Symphony as an associate member (substitute)

    Works performed include, but are not limited to:

    Seigfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner

    Don Juan by Richard Strauss

    Il Travitore by Giuseppe Verdi

    The Creation by Joseph Haydn

    Messiah by George F. Handel

    Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn

    La Mer by Claude Debussy

    Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich

    Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi

    Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

    Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev

    Doctor Atomic Symphony by John Adams

    Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 3 by Aaron Copland

    Leonore Overture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven

    Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" by Howard Hanson

    Daphis et Chloe Suite by Maurice Ravel

    October 2005-present Freelance professional violist

    Various performances for music contractors of classical music at events throughout North Carolina and Southern Virginia and have included quartet concerts and orchestral concerts. In many of these events, I have been featured in solos or as principle violist.

    Major works performed in this capacity have included, but are not limited to:

    Mass in B Minor by JS Bach

    Requiem by Gabriel Faure

    Messiah by George F. Handel

    Christmas Cantata by Camille Saint-Saens

    Gloria by John Rutter






    DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE (AY 2013-2014)

    Strings Area Coordinator and Conductor of the WSSU Chamber Orchestra

    Committee: Senior Faculty (Appointment and Non-reappointment of tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty)

    Music History Committee (Discussion of Curricula and new course development)

    Music Department Assessment Committee (Participated in creating an assessment plan for the music history area)

    UNIVERSITY SERVICE (AY 2013-2014)

    General Faculty and Faculty Senate, chair

    Budget Committee, ex-officio

    By-laws Committee, ex-officio

    Academic Freedom, Tenure and Promotion Committee, ex-officio

    Handbook Committee, ex-officio

    Technology Committee, ex-officio

    Faculty Welfare and Salaries, ex-officio

    Campus Culture Committee, ex-officio

    Executive Committee, chair

    Ad-hoc Committee on Building Policies Manual, chair

    Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee, representative on behalf of the Faculty Senate

    Graduate Council, ex-officio

    Professional Development Committee, ex-officio

    Provost's Council, representative on behalf of the faculty

    University Space Committee, representative on behalf of the faculty

    State Employees Combined Campaign Fundraiser, co-chair

    Governance Committee, ex-officio

    Academic Calendar Committee, ex-officio

    UNC Faculty Assembly, delegate

    Chair's Committee

    Historical Minority Institution Caucus

    Governance Committee

    Convocations Committee, representative

    Communications Sub-committee

    Honorary Doctorate Committee, representative

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Committee, representative

    Chief Faculty Marshal

    Security Initiatives Committee, representative on behalf of the faculty

    WSSU Athletics Planning Committee, representative on behalf of the faculty

    Safety Committee

    Sub-committee on Building Security

    Chair of the Academic Buildings Assessment Taskforce

    Ramdition Mentor

    Mentor to 13 Freshman students

    Fostering Student Success Policy Workshop at UNC General Administration

    Served as the Faculty representative from WSSU at the workshop regarding new Student Success Policies put in place by UNC General Administration

    Chaired the Work Group for Faculty

    Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, Guest Presenter

    Taskforce on University Realignment, faculty representative

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American String Teacher's Association: Currently serving as the North Carolina Coordinator for the National High School Honor's Orchestra and as co-chair of the Bylaws Committee

    American Viola Society

    Sigma Alpha Iota

    EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARDS OF JOURNALS

    Currently serving on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Creative Work, published by Scientific Journals International.

    ADJUDICATION EVENTS

    Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists Adjudicator ( 2011-present)

    North Carolina MTNA Strings Competition Adjudicator (2010-2012)

    North Carolina MTNA Senior Competition, Chair (2009-2010)

    Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestra (2012-present)

    Giving free/reduced rate private lessons to students in their programs

    Giving sectionals and sitting in on rehearsals and concerts

    Private Lessons in the Community (2010-present)

    Giving free/reduced rate private lessons to students in need

    Performances in the Community (2009-present)

    Arbor Acres Retirement Home: arranged numerous performances at this retirement community as both a performer and the coordinator for string and chamber music programs at WSSU

    Organizing Joint Performances between the WSSU Orchestra and Local Schools (2009-2011)

    Various Churches in the Community (sample list from 2012-2013):

    Augsburg Lutheran Church Performance of the Faure Requiem

    Mt. Olivet Moravian Church Performance of their Christmas Cantata

    Mt. Zion Baptist Church Performance

    St. Mary's Episcopal Church Performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio

    Salisbury First Presbyterian Church Palm Sunday Concert

     

    Lola the Viola Book Events in Schools (2012-2013)

    Introducing string instruments in daycare centers, pre-schools and elementary schools through in class book reading of the children's book, Lola the Viola and Her String Instrument Family and performance on the viola.

    Outreach to older students (Middle and High School) on behalf of the Winston-Salem Symphony to introduce the viola, recruit new violists, improve understanding about the viola, and talk about string performance techniques.

    Temple Emanuel Music Committee (2009-2012)

    Selected music for various services at Temple Emanuel in consultation with the Rabbi.

    Performances at the temple for High Holy Days and two special services.

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