Photo by Melia Watras

Photo by Melia Watras


Press quotes

The Newest Music—Melia Watras: Schumann Resonances, American Record Guide: May/June 2019
Melia Watras: Schumann Resonances, An Earful: April 1, 2019
For the Record, Op. 77: Matthew Lipman; Leila Josefowicz; Melia Watras, February 8, 2019
Melia Watras: Schumann Resonances, Rafael’s Music Notes: January 19, 2019
Melia Watras: 26 and Ispirare, Journal of the American Viola Society: Fall 2017
Melia Watras: 26, The Strad: August 2017
Melia Watras: 26, An Earful: August 7, 2017
Melia Watras Reveals the Power of ’26’ Strings, Broadway World: May 13, 2017
Strings Attached, The WholeNote: March 2017
Second Inversion Album of the Week: 26 by Melia Watras,, KING FM-Seattle, February 6, 2017
The Viola in Everybody’s Life, Music in Victoria: January 20, 2017
Melia Watras: Ispirare, Brooklyn Rail: October 2016
Melia Watras: Ispirare, Strings: February 2016
Melia Watras: Ispirare, American Record Guide: January/February 2016
Favorite Albums of 2015, Chicago Reader: December 28, 2015
Second Inversion Album of the Week: Ispirare by Melia Watras,, KING FM-Seattle, November 2, 2015
Q2 Album of the Week: Violist Melia Watras Spans Earthy and Luxurious Sounds in "Ispirare",, WQXR-NYC, October 26, 2015
The Inspired Viola of Melia Watras, An Earful: October 25, 2015
Washington Uni professor narrates through her viola, Gramophone: February 2013
Melia Watras: Short Stories, Strings: September 2012
Melia Watras: Short Stories, Journal of the Canadian Viola Society: Autumn 2012
Critics' Picks, Seattle Times: June 24, 2012
Melia Watras: Prestidigitation, Computer Music Journal: Spring 2011
Machine Maid: Melia Watras explores the world of computer-assisted music, Strings: May 2009
She Flees, The Gathering Note: November 1, 2008
Middle Child, Seattle Weekly: Reverb: October 2007
Shostakovich's final thought, Classical in Seattle: October 2007
Melia Watras: Viola Solo, Stringendo: April 2007
Soaring Solo, Strings: October 2006
Melia Watras: Viola Solo, The Strad: June 2006
Melia Watras: Viola Solo, Journal of the American Viola Society: Fall 2005
Melia Watras: Viola Solo, American Record Guide: January/February 2005

Articles Authored/Co-Authored by Melia Watras: 
What made me fall in love with music, Rafael’s Music Notes, March 3, 2019
On My Music Stand, Strings: June 2017
Viola Party: Melia Watras on the joys of recording with friends and hearing your own works come to life, Strings: January 2017
Why I Play Chamber Music, Strings: February 2015
The Quest for Tone, Strings: January 2015
Honestly Assess Your Practice Habits, Strings: January 2013
Living in Alto Clef: 11 Top Players Pick the Best Loved, and Most Overlooked, Viola Works of All Time, Strings: December 2007
The Influence of Atar Arad: Studying with an Unconventional Master, New York Violist: April 2005
Reflections on a Residency, Julliard Journal: April 2001

Articles about Melia Watras:
Faculty Profile: Violist Melia Watras on Schumann Resonances and her Folk Style Project, University of Washington School of Music News: April 3, 2019
Watras, Lim Start New Year with New Label, CD, Broadway World: February 4, 2019
Interview with Melia Watras, Primephonic: December 26, 2015
Short Stories: Eclectic new viola music from Melia Watras, UW Today: June 26, 2012
Meet the Artist: Melia Watras, Seattle Modern Orchestra Newsletter: April 2012
Before the Performance, A&S Perspectives: November 2010
The Five: Melia Watras plays new music by Shulamit Ran, The Gathering Note: October 24, 2010
Blending tradition and innovation: Faculty compositions to be performed in Feb. 16 Meany Hall concert, University Week: February 11, 2010
Walk Like a Musician: The actors of Opus learn the secrets of string players, Seattle Repertory Theatre: Deeper Look: October 2009
Violist Watras to perform new compositions in Prestidigitation, University Week: October 2006
Violist Melia Watras brings masterpieces to life at UPS, Tacoma Weekly: November 3, 2005
Zing will go the heartstrings of viola and violin lovers, Seattle Times: October 15, 2004
Duet with a computer is part of violist’s debut, University Week: October 14, 2004