Michael Strauss

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.
Michael Strauss


Michael has used the time during his fellowship to train with a mentor to learn the Suzuki Viola Method. He was able to reconnect with a childhood mentor to realize how similarly both of their musical careers had grown. With hopes to influence and inspire the study and appreciation of music, Michael plans to teach the philosophy of the Suzuki Method to others. Future goals for Michael include being fully certified to teach the entire Suzuki Viola Method, and continuing to use music as a tool

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Principal Violist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Since 1994 ; Recording artist on Centaur, I Virtuosi, CRI, and Lyrinx labels ; Active chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe



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