Wendy Plank Rosen

Wendy Plank Rosen

Second Violin

Wendy Plank Rosen has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra violin section since 1980. Originally from Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, she grew up in a musical family. Her mother, Jane Plank, was a music teacher, pianist, and accompanist. She was also influenced and inspired by her first violin teacher, Howard Lee Koch. Rosen earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she studied violin with Raphael Bronstein and his daughter, Arianna Bronne. She performed many concerts in the New York area as violinist of the West End Trio.

After graduating, Rosen performed with the National Repertory Orchestra and coached with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale University Chamber Music Institute. She also participated in the Round Top Festival, the Tanglewood Orchestral Institute and taught violin at the Red Fox Music Camp in Massachusetts. After spending three seasons in the Kansas City Philharmonic, Rosen became a member of the SLSO.

Rosen values fostering a love and appreciation of classical music through performances and demonstrations across the region as part of the orchestra's Education and Community Programs. Additionally, she has also maintained a private violin and viola studio for 35 years, and views playing an instrument as a life skill. She is certified in the Suzuki training method. Through her instruction to students aged five through 18, she hopes to create lifelong classical music advocates.

She lives in Olivette with her husband and has two sons. Rosen enjoys cooking healthy meals, gardening, and teaching private violin and viola lessons at her home.