A native of Kansas, violinist Colleen McCullough has established herself as a gifted young artist in many arenas of the violin world. Ms. McCullough has performed for important dignitaries, including President George W. Bush at the Hall’s mansion in Kansas City and the Bob Bullock museum in Austin, as well as for Secretary of State Madeline Albright at the Truman Library in Missouri. As an orchestral soloist, Ms. McCullough has performed Vieuxtemps’ Concerto No. 4 with the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra. She was also a featured soloist at the Kansas Music Educators Association Convention in January 2007. As winner of the UTSO String Concerto Competition in 2008, Colleen performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 with the UT Symphony at University of Texas, and the Meyerson Center in Dallas, TX.
Active also as a chamber musician, Ms. McCullough was invited to perform the Shostakovich Octet in concert with the Miro Quartet in September 2006. Other chamber music performances include Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe KV548 with the Breckenridge Music Festival. One of Colleen’s greatest honors was being chosen to perform the inaugural recital of the Green Recital Series at the Carnegie Cultural Center in Ottawa, KS in 2007.
An experienced orchestral musician, Colleen was the youngest member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18. She currently holds positions in the first violin sections of the Austin Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Breckenridge Music Festival orchestras. Ms. McCullough has served as concertmaster for the University of Texas Symphony and Opera Orchestras, the Blanton Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Symphony Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing frequently, Colleen teaches privately, and is the professor of violin at Austin Community College.
Ms. McCullough began her violin studies at age two under the direction of Alice Joy Lewis. Ms. McCullough received an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where she completed her studies with Eric Rosenblith. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in violin performance from The University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Brian Lewis.