Assistant Professor of Violin
Violinist Charles Wetherbee brings to the CU College of Music a wealth of experience and expertise from his varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral concertmaster and teacher. He has performed throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Garth Newell Center, the Hidden Valley Festival (CA), the Roycroft Chamber Festival (NY), the Nouvelle Academie International d’Été (Nice, France), the Olympic Music Festival (WA), the MidAmerica Music Festival (OH), and Strings in the Mountains (CO). Charles is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as the Japan Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony, among others.
The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate artist… with flawless technique”. The Virginia Pilot said that he “… gave a performance of great conviction and emotion”. The Columbus Dispatch wrote “… a first rate showman… his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful sound kept the audience spellbound”. As a recording artist, he is represented on Naxos, Seize the Music Records, Weasel Records, Vienna Modern Classics, as well as the Cascade labels, and was also featured on a recording with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thaïs.
A devoted chamber musician, Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. With Carpe Diem he is featured on many different CDs, and also has recorded with Carpe Diem and guitarist Willy Porter as a member of the Mealies.
Charles’ first orchestral appointment was as Principal Second Violin with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Following five years in NSO, Chas was concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony for sixteen years.
Charles has taught throughout his career, and held positions at American University, Capital University, Ohio Wesleyan and The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he developed a new violin course for folk music and improvisation. He also taught orchestral excerpts and audition preparation. His students have gone on to study at such schools as Rice, Juilliard, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Colburn Conservatory.