Lea Fetterman lives and works as a freelance violinist, conductor, and teacher in the Puget Sound area. Alongside her music making, she arranges and composes music for a variety of ensembles and genres, including folk, singer/songwriter, ambient, and classical.
Currently, Ms. Fetterman is a sectionals and chamber music coach for Bellevue and Seattle Youth Orchestras and School Districts. She frequently performs with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Opera, and other regional orchestras, and performs solo and chamber music concerts throughout the Greater Seattle area. In previous years, Ms. Fetterman served as Concertmaster for the Sammamish Symphony and Associate Concertmaster for the Seattle Philharmonic and Pacific Lutheran University's Opera Orchestra.
In May 2021, Ms. Fetterman completed her Master's in Music in Violin Performance at the University of Victoria, BC. She studied with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, first violinist of the Lafayette String Quartet. Ms. Fetterman graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in December 2017, Magna Cum Laude.
Ms. Fetterman spent the summers of 2020-21 attending the University of Washington Chamber Music Institute and 2016-18 at Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas. At Round Top, she played in the orchestra, her own chamber groups, and coached and conducted several other ensembles. She also worked as Head Facilities Coordinator for the Marrowstone Music Festival from 2016-19 at Western Washington University.
Ms. Fetterman grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and began playing the violin when she was eight years old. She joined the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and played with them until she graduated from high school in 2013. She also performed with Ovation! Musical Theater Bainbridge for her last few years of high school as Concertmaster. Throughout her childhood, Ms. Fetterman played instruments from nearly every family: violin, cello, trombone, euphonium, clarinet, piano, and marimba. This affinity with learning a diverse range of instruments and her desire to become an orchestral conductor drove her to complete her undergrad in Music Education. Ms. Fetterman has dedicated her work and livelihood to the violin, conducting, and teaching, but still experiments with other instruments in her improvisations and compositions.