Violist Deborah Barrett Price is recognized throughout the country as an innovative pedagogue and versatile performer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. (CMC), a nationally recognized program providing education, service and performance opportunities to students of all ages and skill levels.
In recognition of her work as a chamber music entrepreneur, pedagogue, and performer, Debbie has received numerous awards, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music, the Alumni Achievement Award from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Educator of the Year. She has also received multiple nominations for the Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Education and Arts Administration. Chamber ensembles under her mentorship have won medals at WDAV Young Artists (NC), St. Paul String Quartet Competition (MN), Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (IN), Coltman National Chamber Music Competition (TX), and Discover Chamber Music Competition (IL), as well as received several features on NPR’s From the Top including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.
A respected violist and conductor, Debbie serves as principal violist of the Opera Project Columbus and has directed and performed in festivals throughout Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Czech Republic. For over a decade, Debbie served as co-conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Camerata Strings and as music director of the Women-In-Music String Sinfonia. Debbie also serves on the faculty of Denison University teaching viola, violin, and chamber music.