Hi Chris – Thanks for all your thoughts here! I’ve been playing viola for over 24 years and have always been proud of being a violist as well! The viola is not only the lone instrument to play from alto clef – it’s actually the lone holdout, as the original clef was the C clef, itself. The location of middle C was shifted around based on the voice singing the part. That’s why we see it being used as both alto and tenor clefs. We’re not only unique, we’re part of history!