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Jennifer George

Jennifer George, violin, recently completed a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University, where she worked with Dr. Benjamin Sung as a graduate teaching assistant. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in the same field at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where she studied with Dr. Carolyn Huebl. Jennifer has participated in numerous orchestral programs, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, National Repertory Orchestra and Brevard Music Center.

Jennifer George is underwritten by the Rathmann Family Foundation.

Name: Jennifer George

Instrument: Violin

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 4

Who have been your greatest musical influences? All of my previous teachers contributed to who I am as a musician today. They shared their knowledge and experience, but always encouraged me to sing with my own voice.

Who are your favorite composers? Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Mahler.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I would have wanted to be a ballet dancer.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? I listen to a lot of indie rock music. Arcade Fire, Blind Pilot, and The Strokes are a few of my favorites.

Your hobbies and interests: I enjoy all types of group fitness classes. I’m always up to try something new! I also enjoy studying different languages.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I taught barre fitness classes for a few months after finishing school in Tallahassee.

Funniest concert moment: I was playing Copland’s Buckaroo Holiday in an outdoor 4th of July concert, when a patron’s car alarm went off and proceeded to sound throughout the entire piece. The conductor was clearly irritated, but during one of the grand pauses in the trombone solo, he turned around to the audience and conducted the car alarm, as if it was right on cue!

Daily practice rituals: Scales with open string drones.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): “How old is your violin?” and I say, “very!”

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: I am looking forward to playing with and getting to know all of my wonderful colleagues!

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