1. Faculty

Jodi Levitz

Chair, String and Piano Chamber; Viola


  • Private Lesson
  • Chamber Music: Strings and Piano
  • Chamber Music Performance


  • MM, The Juilliard School
  • BM, The Juilliard School


  • Ives Quartet, 2008–2015
  • Principal, Padova Chamber Orchestra, 1994–2001
  • Principal, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, 1994–2001
  • Principal, Orchestra della Toscana, 1994–2001
  • Principal, Orchestra Città di Ferrara, 1994–2001
  • I Solisti Veneti, 1983–1994


  • Sarlo Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2011
  • Principal, Padova Chamber Orchestra
  • Principal, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova
  • Principal, Orchestra della Toscana
  • Principal, Orchestra Città di Ferrara
  • Principal, I Solisti Veneti
  • First Prize, D'Angelo Competition
  • First Prize, Hudson Valley Competition

What is your hometown?

Wantagh, NY

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Home improvement and cooking!

Who were your major teachers?

Margaret Pardee, Paul Doctor, and William Lincer.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Practice makes permanent, not perfect, so practice deliberately.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“How is the best way to practice?”

What was a turning point in your career?

Moving back to the US in 2001 to teach at SFCM. I felt it was the perfect way to pass on all the experience and knowledge I gained in Europe and as a student at Juilliard.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Probably law.

What is your daily practice routine?

Lots of basics, and I usually play Bach every day.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1919, Massachusetts: When Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge held the Berkshire Chamber Music Competition for Viola and Piano Sonatas.

What are your academic publications?

The Viola Project, Journal of the American Viola Society, 2009

What recordings can we hear you on?

Hummel: Sonata for Viola and Fortepiano, Dynamic
Rolla: Concerto and Divertimento for Viola and Orchestra, Erato
Quincy Porter: String Quartets, Naxos