Willa joined the first violin section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2017 during her junior year at the Eastman School of Music. She continues to play in the RPO after graduating in 2018.
During and after her time at Eastman, Willa performed with faculty members, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliot, Masumi Per Rostad, Alexander Kobrin, George Taylor, and her own teacher, Mikhail Kopelman.
Willa served as a concertmaster in both the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia, starting both positions in her sophomore year.
In 2016 she won the Eastman School Violin Concerto Competition and subsequently performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra.
Willa has also performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, the Asheville Symphony and the Empire Film Music Ensemble.
The Crooked North at the Parcel 5 Stage - Fringe Fest 2018
In the summer of 2018 she participated in the Fellowship String Quartet Program at Madeline Island Chamber Music where she performed with Christopher Costanza of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Willa attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts her senior year of high school, where she studied with Ida Bieler and Sarah Johnson.
In November 2019 Willa released a solo album entitled "Ask Me Why" with jazz pianist Sterling Cozza and jazz trumpet player Nathan Kay.
Willa is a founding member of Copper Hill, the Rochester folk-art band formed in 2017.
A North Carolina native, Willa grew up playing Celtic and Old-Time music with her family. For over a decade she played with her father, sister, and friend in the Celtic group The Forget-Me-Nots, who performed across western North Carolina, most notably at the roots music festival, Merlefest.
The Forget-Me-Nots released three albums during their tenure. The third album, Blooming, released in 2010, is comprised of all original music.
Both sisters play on instruments made by their father, David Finck Luthier, whose workshop is located in Boone, North Carolina.
Her number one fan is her mother, Dr. Marie Hoepfl, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Appalachian State University.
Willa finds joy in many of the art forms: music (of course), but also dance, visual arts, film, and literature.
Since moving to Rochester, Willa has joined the Lindy hop scene.
She is an avid reader and movie-watcher and her interests also include painting, photography, hiking, baking, and fashion.
Favorite Recent Read: "The New Jim Crow" - Michelle Alexander