Augusta has performed internationally both as a soloist and orchestral musician. Her orchestral experience extends from holding concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory’s Oberlin Orchestra, to assistant concertmaster of the Nederlands Student Orkest for their 2012 European Tour. She has performed in such concert venues as Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rotterdam’s de Doelen, Alice Tully Hall (NYC), and Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), to name a few.
Augusta has worked under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, James Gaffigan, David Zinman, and Robert Spano. Her pedagogues in modern violin include Alexander Kerr, Milan Vitek, Zoya Mahktina, Almita Vamos, Jennifer Ross, Gregory Fulkerson, and Julia Sakharova.
As an avid contemporary music performer and lover, Augusta has performed in various renowned contemporary ensembles including Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble (under the direction of David Dzubay) and Oberlin Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has recorded with both ensembles on various CD labels, the most recent being “A place toward other places” with Richard Hawkins and Oberlin’s CME (further info: http://oberlin.edu/nyc2013tour/documents/OberlinLabelRelease.pdf)
During summers, Augusta has attended the International Master Classes course in the Czech Republic, and performed solo guest recitals at the Chautauqua Music Festival, under the tutelage of Almita Vamos. She has also attended the Astona International Summer Music Academy in Switzerland, the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Encore School for Strings, and Oberlin’s Credo Chamber Music Program. Most recently Augusta attended the Heifetz International Music Institute, where she studied with David and Linda Cerone, Alex Kerr, Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer, and Mihaela Martin. She participated in the American Bach Soloists Academy on baroque violin in August 2014, soloing in their B minor Mass performance.
Augusta has been invited to perform in masterclass for teachers such as Stephen Clapp, Robert Rozek, Michael Malmgreen, Webb Wiggins, David Breitman, Catherine Meints, Judy Tarling, Monique Duphil, Merry Peckham, Kirsten Docter, and James Buswell. Most recently (March 2013) she was invited by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra masterclass series to perform in Toronto for the renowned Elizabeth Wallfisch.
Augusta Jane McKay Lodge is a native of Oberlin, Ohio, born in 1992. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in violin performance (minor in historical performance), where she studied with Milan Vitek and Marilyn McDonald. Upon graduation at the early age of 19 she was inducted into the honorary Pi Kappa Lambda Society. She spent an exchange semester in 2011 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Johannes Leertouwer and Sophie Gent.
Most recently, Augusta was awarded a Masters of Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under Alexander Kerr and Stanley Ritchie.
Augusta currently studies in the historical performance department at The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, where she studies with Cynthia Roberts, Monica Huggett, and Robert Mealy.
AN EARLY START:
Augusta began her studies of the violin at age 3. When she was 12 she continued in Russia with Zoya Mahktina of the Moscow Central Special Music School. At age 14, Augusta was invited into the Young Artists Program of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied under Professor Gregory Fulkerson and Jennifer Ross (principal 2nd violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), while continuing studies privately with Professors Almita and Roland Vamos at the Northwestern University, Chicago. She matriculated into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for her Bachelor of Music in 2008 at age sixteen.
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