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Judy Garf

Viola

Judy is a freelance violinist and violist born and raised in Los Angeles. She began playing the violin at age 9 and took up viola in college. She played both violin and viola under the baton of Maestro Mehli Mehta in the American Youth Symphony for ten years and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She studied violin with Maestro Mehta, Kathleen Lenski and viola with Louis Kievman.

Judy began her career as a strolling violinist working for various bandleaders in Los Angeles. Highlight of her career include serenading President Reagan and Nancy many New Year’s Eves at the home of Walter Annenberg in Rancho Mirage, playing for Princess Grace on her many visits to the US, playing for Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday party celebrations, playing for all the living first ladies at the celebratory events held on the 10th anniversary of the Betty Ford Center and providing yearly entertainment for the ACLU awards dinners held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Judy has played principal 2nd violin with the Moorpark symphony for two years and has played principal positions in neighboring groups such as the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, San Fernando Valley Symphony, Westlake Village Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, Palisades Symphony and Topanga Symphony. She traveled to Paris with the Calabasas Chamber to perform at the Cathedral Sainte Chapelle.

Judy, an opera lover, has also played in principal positions with local opera companies such as Vineyard Touring Opera, Center Stage Opera and Casa Italiana.