Ina Litera, violist, is an active freelance and chamber musician performing with the many ensembles including the Stamford Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The School of American Ballet Orchestra, The Putnum Chorale, The Long Island Masterworks Orchestra and The Oratorio Society of Queens. She is violist of the trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle, winner of the 2002 Artists International Special Presentation Award. The trio has performed at many venues throughout the Northeast, including Symphony Space, Merkin Hall and the Tenri Cultural Institute. They have been the Ensemble in Residence at the Arcady Festival and Schoodic Arts for All. The trio has recently appeared at the Art in the VIllage series in Rehoboth Mass, and on the campuses of the University of Maine, Fort Kent and Presque Isle, Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY and The City College of NY. In May 2014, the ensemble will appear at the Queens New Music Festival.
In 1998, Ina performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn. Live radio performances include appearances on Around New York on WNYC, WBAI radio and Live at 11 on Maine Public Radio. She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English. As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Doansburg Ensemble, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Downtown Symphony. In 2007, she premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “…mood, enough…” Ina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Arts degree from The City College of New York/CUNY.
Additionally, she studied the Suzuki Method at the School for Strings in New York. Principle teachers include Joey Corpus, Burton Kaplan, Leonard Davis and Lillian Fuchs. Ina is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and string department faculty at the Third Street Music School and Lucy Moses School in New York City.