Bryce Bunner, violist, is pleased to join the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He also currently serves as principal violist of the Erie Philharmonic, and performs as an extra musician with the Rochester Philharmonic & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. He also performs in the DC area with the Post Classical Ensemble, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and the Washington Concert Opera.
He spent 21 years as a violist with the Air Force Strings/USAF Band in Washington, D.C., where he had the honor of performing for the nation’s highest military & civilian leadership at the White House, Vice President's residence, and the State Department. As principal violist of the Air Force Strings, he played concerts/tours across the US, and in Constitution Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Washington National Cathedral. He also performed diplomatic
events and on tour across the globe, including in Cambodia, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, Germany, England, Belgium and Luxembourg. Throughout his career he also served as the USAF Band’s assistant director of auditions, managed the USAF Band’s education outreach program that reached 20,000 students annually, and retired as a section chief in the Band’s
As a teacher, he had the privilege of coaching the viola section for the DC Youth Orchestra program for many years, and also coached with the Crescendo & 9th Street advanced chamber programs in Arlington, VA. He has also been a guest viola section coach with the Hochstein Youth Orchestra in Rochester.
Bunner studied violin in the University of Evansville Suzuki program with Carol Dallinger, when in 6th grade the viola began calling to him across the orchestra. He earned his B.M. in Viola Performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1998, studying with Roland Vamos and orchestral repertoire with Lynne Ramsey. He also attended the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Mark Jackobs, and completed his M.M. degree at the University of Maryland with Katherine Murdock in 2004.
He also performs with his husband Evan in the newly-formed chamber ensemble Five Mile
Chamber Players. They live in Penfield, NY with their aussie Liberty and two cats.