Marla Rathbun is on sabbatical from her private violin and ensemble coaching studio during a 2 year posting in Rio de Janeiro while her scientist husband works in a research lab. There she is performing with Bachiana Brasileira, was co-concertmaster of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the famous Theatro Municipal, and is pursuing chamber and recital work. In the US she performs with her piano partner, Maria Rivera, in the Rathbun/Rivera Duo as well as various other small chamber ensembles, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Kairos - a Bach Cantata series at Holy Cross Monastery, and Eleva Chamber Players. She freelances in the greater New York area. Last summer she joined the violin faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp after 20+ years on the Ithaca Chamber Music Institute Faculty. For many years she was violinist in the Aurora Quintet, led the Taghkanic String Quartet and was principal second violinist with the Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra.
Rathbun received her B.M.E. from Capital University then worked as principal second violinist with the Savannah Symphony and Savannah String Quartet and taught at Savannah State College. While earning her M.M. in violin performance at Southern Illinois University, she was assistant concertmaster of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Quito, Ecuador, she played in and directed a small chamber orchestra, performed with a string quartet as first violinist, and was concertmaster of Quito National Symphony. She is a former student of Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. She has directed the Suzuki program at Dutchess Community College and coordinated the music program at Poughkeepsie Day School.
Normally a Poughkeepsie resident, in Brazil she and her husband can pursue their passion for trekking to out-of-the way places seeking beautiful and interesting birds.