Patricia Whaley


Patricia Whaley, viola, brings to OEBS 30+ years of experience as orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. In addition to OEBS, she is Principal Viola of Symphony Silicon Valley and the Modesto Symphony, a regular member of the Bridge Players, viola section coach for Peninsula Youth Orchestra and San Jose Youth Symphony, and a frequent adjudicator of competitions for CMEA and other organizations. She has performed a wide range of repertoire as soloist with orchestra, from Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Berlioz’ Harold in Italy to Lou Harrison’s Threnody for Carlos Chavez for viola and gamelan. For several summers she was a faculty member of the acclaimed Eastern Music Festival, where she performed chamber music with renowned guest artists including Franco Gulli and Peter Zazofsky. Ms. Whaley holds a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she was a scholarship student of Karen Tuttle, and a BA in music from UC Berkeley, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received both of the Music Department’s highest awards, the Eisner Prize and the Alfred Hertz Traveling Fellowship. When not playing the viola, she can often be found at Oakland’s Temple Sinai, chanting Torah and Haftarah for services, or at home working through a backlog of New York Times crossword puzzles (in pencil). She lives in Oakland with her husband, conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein.