Teaching PhilosophyDorcas has a passion for teaching students of all ages and abilities. Although she encourages the traditional method of each lesson including scales, an etude, and a piece from the classical repertoire, she loves the challenge of tailoring lessons to individual needs and embraces students who prefer or require a different approach. She also employs her knowledge of yoga and breathing techniques to place strong emphasis on correct form and relaxation, while incorporating music theory and history, and still greatly encouraging expression. Her goal is a well-rounded student, whose instrument ultimately becomes a mere extension of the physical and emotional self, thereby freeing the student to experience the deepest joys of music-making.
Dorcas McCall has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Boston, New York, and London, and appeared as a guest artist at the Hot Springs and Merrimack Valley Chamber Music festivals. She has also been featured as a soloist on WGBH radio in Boston and WQXR in New York. An avid champion of the viola, Dorcas was a founding member of the Boston Viola Quartet, which has been featured at the International Viola Congress, Boston’s First Night Festival, and on numerous concert series throughout Greater Boston. She enjoys a very active performance schedule with Orchestra of Indian Hill, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, the Handel and Haydn Society, and many other ensembles throughout New England. She also teaches at Boston College.