Nicole Sutterfield, viola

Nicole Sutterfield is the Assistant Principal violist of the Milwaukee Symphony. A Minnesota native, Ms. Sutterfield has enjoyed a multi-faceted career from the midwest to the Pacific coast. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Sutterfield has been a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Spokane Symphony as well as principal violist of the Mozart Classical Orchestra of Orange County. She has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, as a backup musician on American Idol, and as special entertainment at the Academy Awards Governors Ball. Recent chamber music performances include the Lakes Area Music Festival, South Bay Chamber Music Society, and Present Music.

An avid supporter of quality music education, Nicole is currently a coach for the Advanced Chamber Music Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She previously served as a Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Manager of Community Engagement Programs at the Colburn Conservatory, and viola coach for the Spokane Symphony’s Young Musicians Education Programs. As Miss Minnesota 2006, Nicole developed a program entitled “Music is Instrumental” and worked with over 20,000 students at 84 schools. She has also participated in Arts Advocacy Days, lobbying for arts funding in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sutterfield won first place in the Chicago Viola Society competition, was a semifinalist in the international Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, and received a Non-Finalist Talent Award at the 2007 Miss America Pageant. She holds a Professional Studies Certificate from The Colburn School Conservatory of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music with a minor in journalism from the University of Minnesota. Prior teachers include Paul Coletti, Korey Konkol, and Alice Preves.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cooking, reading, home improvement projects, and traveling with her husband and two young sons.