Misty Drake


Hometown: Naples, FL

Alma maters: Frost School of Music, University of Miami, M.M. ‘20; Eastman School of Music, B.M. ‘18

Instagram: @MistyViolinist

Website: MistyViolinist.com

Photos by Matt Dine


Appearances: The Joseph Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami, 2019; National Orchestral Institute + Festival, 2019; 14th International Music Workshop and Festival, Akademie Schloss, Kirchberg, Germany, 2017; The Castleman Quartet Program, 2015; Heifetz International Music Institute, 2013

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? Performing as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic opened my eyes to the amount of grit, curiosity, and collaboration needed to excel in this field. Following, I had two more opportunities to perform with them, and each only motivated me more!

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? After completing my Master’s degree, I wanted an opportunity to explore and sharpen different skill sets than what I had developed in school.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? Curating fresh and adventurous concert programming is an upcoming avenue that orchestras have just begun to explore. Keep in mind, fresh and adventurous programming doesn’t always include contemporary repertoire. 

Who is your biggest inspiration? My parents and my former teacher Charles Castleman

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Improvising a duet with jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin for a David Bowie tribute concert with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Stay curious! 

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Disney is the soundtrack of my life.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: My siblings and I make up a viola quintet!

 Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Create opportunities to share your gift, because there’s a purpose behind your craft that’s much larger than yourself.