About

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Boston-based violist Josh Wareham is a versatile performer committed to engaging audiences and empowering communities through a broad range of music from both the past and present.

Josh has performed at the Lucerne, Aspen, Bang on a Can, Domaine Forget, and Madeline Island festivals; as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as a soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra, and in concerts with the JACK Quartet, SoundLAB, Palaver Strings, Shelter Music Boston, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

Always eager to explore new ways of building and strengthening communities through music, Josh started the “Music for Meals” project in 2016, which combined a series of community performances with a campaign to support a Minnesota nonprofit that provides meals for people with life-threatening illnesses. He frequently designs and performs accessible concert programs in a wide variety of venues including grade schools, universities, cafes, homeless shelters, and senior communities. Also a passionate educator, Josh maintains a private studio in the Boston area, and serves as a teaching artist at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Brookline Public Schools, and Worcester Youth Orchestras.

In addition to his work as a performer, Josh is an active producer of electronic music, and works in a variety of styles ranging from dance and hip-hop to ambient and experimental. His music has been featured in podcasts, improvised performances, and chamber ensemble compositions.

Josh holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Carol Rodland, and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Charles Gray. When not focusing on music, he enjoys running, reading, and exploring environmentally-sustainable living.

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Events

Recent

June 1 

Albany Symphony: American Music Festival – EMPAC, Troy, NY, 7:30 PM

May 5

Albany Pro Musica: Mozart and Gjeilo – Troy Music Hall, Albany, NY, 3 PM

May 4

Albany Symphony Orchestra: John Williams Night – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY, 7:30 PM

April 26

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Ives Symphony No. 3 and Mahler Symphony No. 5 – Symphony Hall, Boston, MA, 8 PM

April 7

Albany Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY, 3 PM

April 6

Albany Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY, 7:30 PM

March 9

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Hindemith, Honstein, Gould, Ravel – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY, 7:30 PM

February 17

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto #5, Symphony #5 – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 3 PM

February 16

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto #5, Symphony #5 – Jordan Hall, Boston, MA, 8 PM

February 14

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto #5, Symphony #5 – Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 7 PM

December 15

Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra – Veterans Auditorium, Providence, RI, 7 PM

December 2

Albany Symphony Holiday Concert – Palace Theater, Albany, NY, 3 PM

November 10

Choral Works by Bach and Vivaldi – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 8 PM

October 20

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra – Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, Braintree, MA, 7:30 PM

October 18

SoundLAB: At First Light – SoundLAB Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA, 7:30 PM

October 16

SoundLAB: Into Darkness – featuring the JACK Quartet and SoundLAB String Quartet, Philadelphia, PA, 7:30 PM

September 15

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” with live score by Simona Minns – Sprinkler Factory, Worcester, MA, 8 PM

Teaching

Josh believes that learning to play an instrument and express oneself through music should be a positive and rewarding experience that builds valuable and broadly-applicable skills. As a teacher, he emphasizes the development of technical foundation, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, stylistic discernment, and the ability to work independently. He teaches viola and violin students of all ages ranging from beginner-advanced levels. Lessons with Josh last 30, 45, or 60 minutes depending on the student’s individual goals.

In addition to private teaching, Josh is also passionate about using music to create and strengthen communities. In 2016 he started the Music for Meals project to help provide meals for people with life-threatening illnesses. As part of this project he created engaging presentations at K-12 public schools in St. Paul and western Minnesota. He has also developed educational solo and chamber music performances at grade schools and universities throughout Rochester, New York, including a weekly workshop designed to enable elementary school music students from diverse backgrounds to experience the expressive potential of music. Josh has also performed in family concerts for young audiences as part of the Madeline Island Music Festival and as a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, as well as in side-by-side orchestra rehearsals and concerts with young musicians from programs such as the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra in Minnesota.

Josh is a Teaching Artist at Boston’s Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program and also at the Brookline Public Schools.

Please feel free to contact Josh for more information!