Pete Collins is a viola player and has been surrounded by music for most of his life. Pete started out learning Suzuki violin at four years old and continued to pursue music in high school, where he began playing the viola in a string quartet. Since then, he has fallen in love with the viola sound and switched to viola in college, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ball State. Although viola is Pete’s passion, he still plays the violin and uses it often when teaching his students and ensembles.
Pete comes from a musical family, where each of his close family members is involved in music. His father taught elementary band and orchestra in Fort Wayne and has also played viola in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for over 50 years. His mother taught private piano lessons and was a church choir director and his brother and two sisters all played string instruments as well.
Pete has been playing viola in the LCSO for twenty-two years and has enjoyed having a performing outlet that benefits him and supplements his teaching experiences. In addition to playing professionally with the LCSO, Pete has also played in organizations such as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic, Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Elkhart Symphony Orchestra.