Frances Pfeiffer-Rios is one of the founding members of the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble and has performed with various other chamber groups in the New England area such as the Boston College Faculty Piano Trio.
Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios has played in the Opera North Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Orchestra of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the National Lyric Opera, the Eclectic Heritage Orchestra and the Masterworks Chorale Orchestra in addition to the Vermont, New Hampshire and Springfield Symphonies.
In New York she taught violin and viola at the Harlem School of the Arts and Our Lady of Lourdes School. While teaching at the Boston Community Music Center, Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios performed on Dave McNeil’s WCRB program. In addition to freelancing in New England, she teaches private lessons in the Milton (Mass.) ALP program.
Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios earned her BME degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she studied violin with Dorothy Rendina and Tiberius Klausner, the concertmaster of the Kansas City Philharmonic, and viola with Hugh Brown. After playing violin in the Birmingham (Alabama) Symphony she returned to Kansas City, Kansas to teach Elementary Instrumental Music in the public school system for several years. She moved to California to study viola with Louis Kievman and played in the Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield Symphonies.
Ms. Pfeiffer-Rios subsequently moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music where she received a Master’s degree in Viola Performance having studied viola and chamber music with Karen Tuttle, Lillian Fuchs and Ariana Bronne. Other viola teachers have included William Primrose, and Patricia McCarty.