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Annie Chalex Boyle

Annie Chalex Boyle is an Assistant Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied music, chamber music, and pedagogy.  She is internationally recognized as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  Her playing has been hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Kalamazoo Gazette) and “eloquent and poignant” (The San Antonio Express Journal).  Ms. Chalex Boyle has won prizes at the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and was a finalist in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Stulberg International String Competition.  She was also the Grand Prize Winner of the Junior Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.  In the Spring of 2014, she will be releasing a CD on the Centaur Label featuring the complete works for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel with pianist David Palmer. 

As a soloist, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed with the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, New England Conservatory Orchestra, Harper College Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Northwest Chicago Symphony, Randel Chamber Orchestra, Mondovi Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Virtuosi, and numerous others.  She has been a frequent guest of Camerata San Antonio, as well as Chamber Music North and Chamber Music Amarillo.  She has been Concertmaster of the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, Amarillo Virtuosi, Interlochen Faculty Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, Randel Chamber Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, and Quartz Mountain Music Festival.  Chalex Boyle is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a member of the Botticelli String Quartet.  Before moving to Lubbock, she taught violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, was the Director of Educational Activities with Chamber Music North, and was the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Quartz Mountain Music Festival.  She has been the first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet and was a faculty member at West Texas A&M University.  During her tenure with the Harrington String Quartet, the group toured nationally and internationally, including a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.  The quartet was featured in the PBS television documentary entitled “A Sound Collaboration-The Harrington String Quartet”, and released an Albany Recording of the complete string quartets of Daniel McCarthy in September of 2007.  While Ms. Chalex Boyle was a member, The Harrington Quartet performed with guest artists David Shifrin, Robert Levin, James Dunham, Arthur Rowe, Caroline Stessinger, Pepe Romero, James Dick, and members of the Pro Arte, Miro, and Cavani Quartets.   The quartet premiered commissions by Kenji Bunch ("String Circle"), John Novacek ("Cutaway") and Suzanne Farrin ("Twisting of the Rope," for uilleann bagpipes and string quartet).  While living in Amarillo, Ms. Chalex Boyle was also on the faculty at Amarillo College as a teacher with the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.

Ms. Chalex Boyle taught at Midwest Young Artists in Chicago from 2006-2008, where she maintained a private studio and coached chamber music.  She was also a chamber music coach for the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra during that time.  She is formerly a member of the Southwest String Quartet, the quartet in residence with the Southwest Chamber Music Society, in Los Angeles.  During her tenure, she worked with many contemporary composers including Elliot Carter, Oliver Knussen, and Stephen Hartke.  Ms. Chalex Boyle was also a member of the group XTET, a contemporary music ensemble.  In the fall of 2013, she co-premiered a work by John Harbison entitled “Crossroads” for String Quintet, Oboe, and Soprano.  She has been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” with various chamber music ensembles and chamber orchestras.  In the summer, Ms. Chalex Boyle is a frequently requested teacher and has been on the faculties at Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Wisconsin, the Austin Chamber Music Center in Texas, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Fontana Chamber Arts Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Wintergreen Festival, the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington, and the Festival-Institute at Roundtop in Texas.  In the summer of 2014, she will be in residence at the Hot Springs Music Festival and at Chamber Music at the Barn.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett (cum laude) and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Mann and Felix Galimir.  She has also studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Center of the North Shore in Winnetka, IL.

To contact Professor Boyle, email her at anne.chalex-boyle@ttu.edu.