Jocelyn Smith, viola


Violist Jocelyn Smith grew up in Albuquerque, NM, where she began string and piano studies at the age of nine. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Chauncey Patterson, former violist of the Miami String Quartet, and Lisa Boyko of the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Smith is a founding member, along with husband and cellist Peter Greydanus and violinist Tara-Louise Montour, of the Clivia String Trio, which was named Performing Artists of the Year by Young Audiences of Virginia in 2008. During the sixteen seasons that Ms. Smith has been a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, she has enjoyed working with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, and Van Cliburn. From 2001 to 2016 she was a member of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado. During that time, Ms. Smith and Mr. Greydanus formed the Sally Miner String Quartet in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado and additionally spearheaded the creation of an after-school strings program for the students of Crested Butte. Ms. Smith lives in Norfolk with her husband and their daughters Mirabelle and Eda.