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Stanley Konopka

Stanley Konopka Photograph by Roger Mastroianni

Assistant Principal Viola
The Cleveland Orchestra

Stanley Konopka joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1991 and was appointed assistant principal viola in 1993. He previously served as principal viola and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist, he has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Masterworks Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and the Suburban Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Konopka was a member of the Myriad Ensemble, and has performed with the Miami String Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, and at chamber music festivals throughout North America, including Taos, Lakes, Pensacola, and Banff.  He has recorded chamber music on the Telarc and Azica labels with John Clouser, Yolanda Kondonassis, Massimo La Rosa, and Richard King.

Stanley Konopka has served as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) since 1995 and is also a guest teacher at Baldwin Wallace University.  He has taught viola at the Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland State University, Kent Blossom Music Festival, and Encore School for Strings, and as a teacher he has led masterclasses for the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Academy, Masterworks Festival, Stringendo School for Strings, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the Ohio Viola Society. 

Prior to attending CIM as a student of Robert Vernon (Cleveland Orchestra principal viola, 1976–2016), Mr. Konopka won the BMI Student Composer Award and the Young Artists Award at the Interlochen Arts Academy.  His other teachers include David Holland (Interlochen), Milton Preves (Chicago Symphony principal viola, 1939–1986), and Susan Starrett.