Department of Music

Consuelo Sherba



Consuelo Sherba, violist, is a founding member and artistic director of the performance ensemble Aurea, dedicated to exploring the connection between music and the spoken word. With Aurea since 2004, she has performed at the Chicago Humanities Festival, the New York University Humanities Festival, FirstWorks Providence, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, and around New England.

For her work as a performer, she was chosen as Person of the Year by the Pawtucket Foundation in 2007, and in 2008, was awarded the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award.

She has been on the applied music faculty at Brown University since 1986, and also teaches at the RI Philharmonic Music School. In the spring semester of 2010, she was appointed visiting assistant professor of music in performance at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Past teaching appointments include Connecticut College, Haverford College, the University of Charleston, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Buzzard’s Bay Music Festival, and Music at the Meeting House on Cape Cod. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Vermont Symphony, The Carvalho Festival in Brazil, Monadnock Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, the Grand Teton Festival, the Round Top Festival, and was principal violist of the the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and the West Virginia Symphony. From 1983-2000, she was violist of the Charleston String Quartet, and performed with them all over the United States and Europe, and has appeared as guest violist with the Boston Chamber Music Society.

A graduate of the The LaGuardia School for the Arts in New York City and City College of New York, her principal teachers include Felix Galimir, Bernard Zaslav, Phillip Naegele. Karen Tuttle, Zinaida Gilels, Burton Kaplan, and Blanche Schwartz Levy. She attended the Aspen Institute for Advanced Quartet Studies, and has been coached in chamber music by Earl Carlyss, the Juilliard Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Budapest Quartet, Eugene Lehner, and others.