Ilana Rose Mercer, Viola


A native of Philadelphia, violist Ilana Rose Mercer received a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a Master’s degree from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Her principal teachers have included Ivo van der Werff, Karen Ritscher, and Joan der Hovsepian, and she has participated in master classes held by world-renowned violists such as Kim Kashkashkian, Roberto Diaz, and Atar Arad. She has also received fellowships and full scholarships for many summer festivals, including Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Ilana now resides in Houston, TX, where she is an active teacher and plays with several Houston area orchestras, including The Symphony of Southeast Texas and Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined. Ilana is now the violist of the Westheimer String Quartet, one of Houston’s newest chamber ensembles, which holds a residency position at the Taneycomo Music Festival in Branson, MO.