Joshua Hunton is a New York-based violist, currently serving as principal viola for the Regina Opera Company and associate principal viola for the Classical Saxophone Project. As an avid freelancer, performances have brought him to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and other venues.
Versed in the pedagogies of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Karen Tuttle, and Mimi Zweig, Mr. Hunton serves as a faculty mentor and teaching artist with the Harmony Program, and as a teaching artist with Third Street Music School Settlement, Brooklyn Music School, and Music Beans. He was previously on faculty at the Turtle Bay Music School and held a position as Adjunct Instructor at New York University’s Steinhardt School.
Having worked with a diverse range of students and various El Sistema-inspired programs, his philosophy as a music educator is driven by a determination to bring a love for music and sense of belonging to those in every community. He sees teaching as more than just helping students improve their technique and musical artistry. It is also a means to nurture their development as confident, creative, and persistent individuals, equipping them with important skills they will carry into their daily lives.
Mr. Hunton received his B.M. in Viola Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and his M.M. in Viola Performance and Advanced Certificate in Music Education from NYU Steinhardt. His teachers have included Stephanie Baer, Ronald Carbone, Masumi Rostad, Stephen Wyrczynski, Luis Vargas, and Peter Slowik.