The American Chamber Trio
June DeForest joined Valparaiso University's violin faculty after serving as the Drushel Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Over the last several years, four of her students represented the state of Indiana in The Music Teachers National Association's national competition.
As a founding member of The American Chamber Trio, she has performed nationally and internationally for over two decades. In addition to three appearances at the National Gallery, she has performed for chamber music societies, museums, and universities throughout the United States. In addition to performing on recitals at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, she took part in a retrospective of the music of Maurice Ravel at Alliance Francais performing both violin sonatas and his piano trio. At Cooper Union she performed the Bartók Contrasts for the 100th Anniversary of Bartók's birth. Her performances of Charles Ives' Second Sonata and his trio at the National Gallery was praised as "first rate" in the Washington Post. Peter G. Davis in his New York Times review of her performance of the Kodály duo said it was "distinguished by technical polish and keen musical understanding." Ms. DeForest edited the violin parts of the Brahms Trios for the International Music Company for worldwide distribution. She is currently under contract to produce a violin adaptation of Practice for Performance, a treatise on musical preparation, for Mel Bay Publications, Inc. In addition to recordings by the American Chamber Trio, she recorded violin and cello duos by Kodály and Ravel.
Ms. DeForest has enjoyed a distinguished career as an orchestral player serving as Concertmaster of the Joffrey Ballet and the Canadian Opera Company and long tenures in the first violin sections of the orchestras of the Chicago Lyric Opera and the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She holds a B.M and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Raphael Bronstien. She also studied with David Nadian, a concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Sydney Harth, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.