Texas Tech University

Annie Chalex Boyle

Associate Professor of Violin

Email: anne.chalex-boyle@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-6030

Office: School of Music, Room 216C

Annie Chalex Boyle

Internationally recognized violinist Annie Chalex Boyle has had a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Her playing has been hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Kalamazoo Gazette), “eloquent and poignant” (The San Antonio Express Journal), and “has a commanding musical impersonation…in Ives' Second String Quartet” (Los Angeles Times). Equally comfortable with classical and contemporary works, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed numerous new works composed for her as well as commissioned for the Harrington String Quartet. 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.

As a soloist, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed recitals and been concerto soloist throughout North and South America.  As first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet, the group toured extensively nationally and internationally, including a performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall and on the roster of Mid-America Arts Alliance. 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. The Harrington Quartet performed with guest artists David Shifrin, Robert Levin, James Dunham, Arthur Rowe, Pepe Romero, James Dick, and members of the Pro Arte, Miro, and Cavani Quartets. She was also 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 has also been a member of the groups XTET and Pentacle, both contemporary music ensembles.

Orchestral engagements include performances as Concertmaster with the Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita, Interlochen Faculty Orchestra, Lakeridge Chamber Orchestra, Amarillo Virtuosi, and Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestras. She has performed with a variety of ensembles throughout Asia and Europe and has been heard frequently on NPR's “Performance Today”.  Ms. Chalex Boyle has also performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, American Sinfonietta, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.

Before moving to Lubbock, she taught violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and was also a chamber music coach for the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra.  In the summer, Ms. Chalex Boyle is a frequently requested teacher and has been on the faculties at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, DFW WOW Young Artists Program in Texas, Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Wisconsin, the Austin Chamber Music Center in Texas, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Fontana Chamber Arts Festival in Michigan, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia, the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington, Chamber Music at the Barn in Kansas, and the Festival-Institute at Roundtop in Texas. In 2016, Ms. Chalex Boyle founded the Lake City String Academy for collegiate level violinists (in Colorado). 

 Her students have been award winners at competitions such as the From the Top (Jack Cook Kent Award), MTNA National Competition, ASTA National Competition, WTAMU Concerto Competition, Interlochen Summer String Competition, Texas Tech University Concerto Competition, Enkor International Chamber Music Competition, Fort Bend Concerto Competition, New York International Artists Violin Competition, American Protégé International Competition, Walgreens National Competition, Lubbock Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Chamber Music North Young Artist Showcase, Chicago National Chamber Music Competition, Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, and the Mendelssohn Chandler Starr Miller Competition.  They have also been recipients of numerous grants and fellowships including numerous Texas Tech University Graduate Research Awards.  Along with obtaining tenure-track teaching positions, her students have won positions with numerous regional orchestras across the country including Milwaukee, Madison, Quad Cities, LA Opera, Hollywood Bowl, and Grant Park. 

Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Ms. Chalex Boyle began violin in the Music for Youth Suzuki Program with Donna Cook. At the Music Center of the North Shore (now the Chicago Music Institute), she continued her work with Almita and Roland Vamos. She also attended the University of Southern California studying with Robert Lipsett and worked with Robert Mann and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School. Ms. Chalex Boyle performs on a 1652 Andrea Guarneri. She is currently an Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University.

For further information, visit anniechalexboyle.net