Naples Philharmonic’s Newest Addition
As the newest member of the Naples Philharmonic’s string section, Jennifer George is going through a lot of new experiences. When she joins the violin section this month, it will be her first full-time position in an orchestra. And she’ll be the first Naples Philharmonic member to start mid-season, according to Jim Dallas, the orchestra personnel manager and unofficial historian.
But after a few years performing in per service orchestras, Jennifer says it shouldn’t be a problem. “I’m pretty used to coming in and getting right into things,” she says. “But I’m really looking forward to being in one place for a while.”
Jennifer, 23, finished her master’s degree in violin performance at Florida State University in May of 2015, where she became friends with Shannon Thomas, an instructor who is also the wife of Naples Philharmonic violinist Frank Trem. With her encouragement she came to audition in November, only her second attempt at winning a full-time position. After an intense two-day process, Jennifer ended up the winner, which was only a little awkward since she carpooled down from Tallahassee with another hopeful for the position.
“It was all a little bit surreal,” the Boise, Idaho native says of the audition process. “But I know I’m so fortunate to have a job like this at such a young age. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the other musicians in the orchestra and to learn from them.”
With a robust number of concerts this season, Jennifer is sure to get plenty of opportunities to grow right away.
January 25, 2016