An active and versatile performer, violist Rainey Weber is based in Houston, Texas. She performs often with orchestras and chamber ensembles
and also records occasionally with Houston based pop, rock, and country artists. Passionate about teaching and sharing music with underserved audiences, Weber has collaborated extensively on the development of educational outreach concerts for preschoolers, elementary school students, middle school students, and adults. She maintains a diverse private studio.
Ms. Weber has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she served as a mentor for the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Judson String Quartet, she served as the violist for the 2014 Quartet-in-Residence Program at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, where she taught privately, mentored for the Advanced String Quartet Institute, and performed.
Beginning her musical studies with piano lessons at age five, she quickly discovered her calling was viola. She attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, while studying privately with Wayne Brooks. In 2007, she made her national radio debut on “From the Top,” distributed by National Public Radio, as part of a quartet chosen to play with Mark O’Connor on a special Texas broadcast. Weber graduated magna cum laude from Rice University, under the study of Professor James Dunham, where she was a two-time recipient of the Sviatoslav Richter Outreach Grant to fund an interactive, community based concert series tailored for retirement and assisted living facilities. She completed her master’s degree in viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Lynne Ramsey. She has had additional studies with Jeff Irvine, Steve Wyrczynski, Karen Ritscher, and Sheldon Person. Weber plays on a modern viola by Minneapolis based luthier William Bartruff. When not playing music, Rainey enjoys gourmet cooking and playing with her cats, Mabel and Chuy.