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LETICIA OAKS STRONG joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1994. A native of Provo, Utah, she began studying violin with Hiroko Primrose at the age of four, and subsequently switched to viola at age twelve. She studied viola with Dr. David Dalton of Brigham Young University and then with Donald McInnes while an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California. Strong graduated from USC in 1994 as the Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic later that year.
Strong has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. She has given numerous recitals including a guest artist recital at Brigham Young University and several appearances on the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City. Strong has also performed at the International Viola Congress where she premiered the viola sonata Wild Bells, which was written for her by composer Lansing McLoskey and which she recorded for an Albany Records CD celebrating McLoskey’s works. Strong also enjoys performing on the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music and Green Umbrella series. She plays on a 1992 Larry Furse viola.
Strong resides in La Crescenta with her husband and their five children.