Ann Roggen, violist Violist Ann Roggen has been awarded grants from Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts, and as a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, has recorded extensively for the Telarc, Sony and Deutsche Gramaphone recording labels. At William Paterson University she is professor of viola, violin, and chamber music. As a member of the Vassar and Bennington College faculties, she has had great success in developing interdisciplinary cultural events designed to combine music with literature, history, dance and language in performance. Ms. Roggen is a tireless advocate for unique and unusual repertoire for the viola in combination with other instruments and voice. As President of the New York Viola Society, she has created numerous performance opportunities in New York City for dedicated violists to explore this repertoire, both old and new. She has also served two terms on the national board of the American Viola Society. Some of Ms. Roggen’s recent creations include “The Forbidden Music – Music by Composers Banned by the Third Reich,”as well as an event presented by the Pen and Brush organization devoted to the life and works of composer Rebecca Clarke. Highlights of recent seasons include a solo performance with the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, as well as recitals and master classes under the auspices of the American Cultural Centres in Zagreb and Vilnius, Lithuania. Ms. Roggen received her musical training at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and the Juilliard School.