Alicia Keener is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and enjoys teaching a lively studio of young musicians. She began playing violin at age five as a Suzuki student and picked up the viola in high school. Alicia went on to earn degrees in viola performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.M.) and the University of Colorado Boulder (M.M.), as well as studying string pedagogy at Texas Tech University (M.M.).
Alicia has performed at numerous music festivals, including the Britt Music & Arts Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Center, Round Top Festival Institute, and Orford Arts Centre, among others. As a chamber musician, she was mentored by the Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado Boulder and served as Instructor of Chamber Music at Texas Tech University.
Outside of the classical genre, Alicia has collaborated with the Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, and the WannaBeatles. She also enjoys learning traditional and old-time tunes, and she can sometimes be caught playing the fiddle.