Maeve Whelan, viola

“You have to make music just for your own happiness.”

16 year old violist Maeve Whelan won the BSO’s 2017 Youth Concerto Competition, and will perform with the orchestra for History, Herstory this Sunday, May 14th at 6 pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

A student of Mimi Zweig and the IU String Academy, Maeve started playing the viola at age 9.

“My earliest musical memories are with my grandmother. She played piano, and all of us kids in the family would listen, and dance around as she played. It was wonderful.”

Maeve began her musical studies at the Central Texas String Academy in Waco, Texas. After moving to Bloomington in 2014, Maeve joined the Indiana University Precollege String Academy, where she studied with Tze-ying Wu and is now a student of Mimi Zweig. She has attended the IU Summer String Academy for the past two years. Maeve was the runner-up last year in the BSO’s young artist competition and placed second in the 2017 New Wold Youth Orchestra young artist competition.

Maeve is also an avid orchestral musician and has enjoyed performing in the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side Orchestra, where she has played as the principal violist for the last two seasons. As a chamber player, Maeve has played in the IU String Academy Chamber Orchestra for several years and enjoys playing in string quartets in the summer. Maeve is a sophomore at Bloomington High School North, where she especially enjoys literature and English classes. She is grateful to her friends and family for their support in her musical endeavors.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday to cheer Maeve on as she performs the first movement of Carl Stamitz’s Viola Concerto with the Orchestra.