Barbara Wiggin

Principal Viola

Year you joined the ECSO:1994

Barbara Wiggin, viola, is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and received degrees in viola performance at West Virginia University (BM) and the University of Connecticut (MM). Ms. Wiggin has been a member of the ECSO since 1994 and became principal viola in 2000. Barbara has been featured as a soloist on the ECSO stage in previous seasons for performances of Harold in Italy by Berlioz, Britten’s Lachrymae and Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody. She is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal viola in the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently in chamber music recitals throughout Connecticut and New England. In 2001 and 2002 Barbara participated as a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra viola section for the Andrea Bocelli National Tour on the East Coast and Canada. She currently continues to enjoy the opportunity to perform with National and International musicians at the Connecticut casino venues. Ms. Wiggin is the violist and one of three artistic directors for the Hop River Chamber Music Players based in Andover, CT. In addition to performing, Barbara has been on the faculty at the Hartford Conservatory, UConn Community School and held a private studio for 10 years teaching violin, viola and chamber music to all ages. She was on staff and operations director at the Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival for high school students in Falls Village. Ms. Wiggin continues to be active in the community as a guest artist for educational outreach programs and masterclasses.

Favorite Composer:Shostakovich

Hidden Talent:I crochet scarves, hats, shawls and I just launched a website that features some of those things.

Who/What Inspired You To Take Up Your Instrument:Watching Lawrence Welk and falling in love with that string sound.

Your Favorite Musical Memory:I have a lot of favorite musical memories, but my most favorite and memorable happened after a concert. At this performance of the New Haven Symphony, two supporters of the symphony were honored as long time, unwavering audience members, having never missed a season in many years (I can’t remember the exact number but it was impressive). As I was leaving Woolsey Hall afterwards, I was approached by an elderly man with a huge smile who said, “I’ve been coming here a very long time and they made a big deal out of it so I figured it was time to shake someone’s hand and say thank you.” I was so thankful to have been the one on the sidewalk at that very moment. Having that encounter made my night.