Sabina Thatcher began her tenure as principal viola of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1989, and stayed until 2012. She was a soloist with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on numerous occasions, performing a wide variety of repertoire including Penderecki Viola Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Hindemith Kammermusik, and John Harbison Viola Concerto. Ms. Thatcher was a member of the Rosalyra String Quartet, which gave their New York debut in 1996, and recorded works of Bartok, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Brahms. She has also recorded both Faure Piano Quartets and the Brahms A major Piano Quartet. Ms. Thatcher was an artist-faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1998-2016. She has been a distinguished artist and teacher at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. Ms. Thatcher was a finalist in the Naumberg International Viola Competition, and has performed solo recitals locally and nationally.
Before coming to Minnesota, she graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Performer’s Certificate and distinction, then going on to study at the Juilliard School with Lillian Fuchs. During that time she toured with the Brandenburg Ensemble under the direction of Alexander Schneider and was a prizewinner in the Hudson Valley Competition. Ms. Thatcher currently teaches at Macalester College and is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.