Adjunct Instructor of Music
June DeForest joined Valparaiso University’s violin faculty in 1991 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. She has toured internationally to South America and the Far East under the auspices of the United States State Department and the Chinese Ministry of Culture, with performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Bogotá, and São Paulo. 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 Français performing both violin sonatas and his piano trio. At Cooper Union she performed the Bartók Contrasts and First Violin Sonata along with Charles Ives’ second sonata and his Trio. Her performance of the Ives sonata 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 Kodaly duo, said it was “distinguished by technical polish and keen musical understanding.” In 1997, she performed the complete Brahms trios with the American Chamber Trio at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, and recorded them for HM Records. Professor 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. Her recordings include trios by Brahms. Beethoven, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky.
Professor 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 Bronstein. She also studied with David Nadien, a concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Sidney Harth, concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.