Sasha Shapiro, Principal Viola

Sasha Shapiro has been principal viola of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and was principal viola of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2017. She previously held the positions of associate principal and acting principal viola with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and has also been a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and Illinois Symphony Orchestras, as well as principal viola of the Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra. Her teachers include Steven Ansell and Valentina Charlap-Evans. Sasha holds degrees from Brown University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Harvard Law School. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to join the legal staff of the United Steelworkers, where she continues to advocate for workers while pursuing an active freelance musical career.

In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse, Misty.