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Vivian Waters has been a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1992, and has served as Chair of the String Department from 1994 to 2001.

Originally from Philadelphia, USA, she is a graduate of the New School of Music. She pursued her post-graduate studies at the Juilliard School of Music and Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has resided in Canada since 1973 and maintains dual citizenship.

Ms. Waters has performed internationally as the violin soloist of the Westminster Choir Around the World Tour in 26 countries under the auspices of the U.S. State Department.

She is a founding member of the Deep Cove Chamber Soloists in Vancouver, B.C., and was first violinist of the Pro Nova String Quartet before moving to Toronto in 1992. She has been a member of the New York Contemporary String Quartet, the Colby String Quartet, the New York Chamber Soloists, the English Bay Trio, and, most recently, the Chrysalis Quartet, the Toronto Arts Trio and Le Quatour Fourques in France, 2008.

Ms. Waters has played violin with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Musica Aeterna Chamber Orchestra of New York, the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

In her teaching career, she has been a faculty member of the New School of Music in Philadelphia (assistant to Jascha Brodsky), the Bloomingdale House of Music in New York City (Head of String Department), Capilano University in Vancouver (Head of String Department), and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario (Chair of the String Department).

She is author of The Violin: A New Approach for Adults and founder of the Violin from Scratch© courses in Canada.
Ms. Waters has been an official examiner for the College of Examiners of Royal Conservatory Examinations from 1993 to 2004.