Violist Alaina Rea joined the Charlotte Symphony as Assistant Principal Viola in September 2020. Alaina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers have included Victoria Chiang, Choong-Jin Chang, Heidi Castleman, and Steven Tenenbom.
Alaina has substituted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony, and has spent her summers as an orchestral fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated in recitals with Vadim Gluzman and Robert McDuffie.
Alaina currently has a studio of private students and is on faculty at Gardner-Webb University.