Andrée Simard started playing the viola in Nicolet, QC, studying with Aline Papineau. After completing CEGEP at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, she received a B.Mus. in performance from McGill University and a D.A.M.P.S. from Concordia University. She also holds two M.M. degrees, one in performance, and one in music history, from The University of Akron (Ohio). Further musical studies include chamber music and master classes at the Kent-Blossom Festival (Ohio), the Chautauqua Institution (New York), and more recently, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (Ohio). Andrée is currently a member of the viola section of the Niagara Symphony. She is also an active freelancer in the Southern Ontario Region. In Niagara, you can find her playing chamber music for the Encore Series at Brock University, or British rock in the World Rock Symphony Orchestra at the Fallsview Casino. Throughout the years, Andrée has performed with numerous ensembles including l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Symphony Nova Scotia, Ashland Symphony (Ohio), Akron Symphony (Ohio), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Orchestra London. Committed to sharing her love of music, Andrée maintains a vibrant viola and violin studio in her home. She has also taught violin and viola at The University of Akron, the Rudolph Steiner School in Montreal, and Suzuki Niagara.