Abby Wagner is a violist and fiddler based in Columbus, Ohio. She received a Master of Music in viola performance from The Ohio State University, where she served as a Graduate Teaching Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance and music education from Lawrence University of Wisconsin. Before moving to Columbus, she taught English and conducted field research in Austrian folk music as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna. Abby performs regularly with area orchestras such as the Central Ohio Symphony, Lima Symphony, and Springfield Symphony. Passionate about chamber music, Abby enjoys performing in a variety of small ensembles for events, ceremonies, and in concert. She is active in the Columbus folk music and dance scene as a member of Columbus Folk Dancers, Ohio Old-Time Music, and Square Dance Columbus.
Abby has been teaching violin and viola lessons to students of all ages for ten years. She believes that every person has the ability to learn to play an instrument with joy, skill, and ease. Her current students are engaged in projects ranging from playing in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras to learning to play their favorite fiddle tunes; from playing their violin in the context of community outreach to composing their own music. Abby’s teaching methodology is eclectic, blending inspirations from master pedagogues, ways of learning found in oral traditions, current research, and the spontaneous spark of creativity that makes each lesson different from the one before. She strives to guide all of her students toward their unique goals and help them to learn how they learn best.