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Named a 2009 Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the U.S. Department of Education, violinist Andrea Jarrett is pursuing her Master of Music Degree at The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she studies with Kathleen Winkler.  Andrea received her Bachelor of Music Degree from The Juilliard School in May 2013, studying with David Chan.  Most recently, she was a recipient of the Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship, which she will use to fund her upcoming summer at the Music Academy of the West.  Andrea also won first prize in the Ruth Burr 2014 Instrumental Competition through the Houston Tuesday Musical Society, and performed at their conference this past April.  As the recipient of this award, Ms. Jarrett has received a one-year performance contract with the Houston Tuesday Musical Society.

Ms. Jarrett participated in the 2013 New York String Orchestra Seminar with performances in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jaime Laredo.  She also performed as a member of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra in their first tour in February 2014, visiting both New York City and Baltimore.  She recently performed with cellist Peter Eom at the opening concert of Yellow Lounge Miami, a concert series which began in Europe and is designed to promote classical music in younger generations.  They gave the world premiere of Pittsburgh-native composer Tommy Dougherty’s duo for violin and cello, entitled “A Little Night Club Music.” As their website says, “Yellow Lounge fuses the greatest international performers with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces.”

A highlight of Ms. Jarrett’s time at Juilliard was giving the world premiere of composer Neil Rolnick’s concerto for violin and electronics in November 2012, titled “Gardening at Gropius House.” Also in 2012, Andrea performed as Concertmaster with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra.  In November 2010, Andrea won first prize in the Senior Division of the New York American String Teachers Association Solo Competition.  In May 2010, Mrs. Jarrett performed the Mendelssohn Octet in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Meet the Music! Concert Series.  In October 2009, she performed at the National Arts Awards in New York City, where Robert Redford was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ms. Jarrett was a member of the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed in Carnegie Hall in April 2009 under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas.  She has performed as a soloist with the Dearborn (MI), Birmingham-Bloomfield (MI), Toledo, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras.

During her high school years, Ms. Jarrett was a member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program, where she studied with Almita and Roland Vamos.  Andrea received the Silver Award in Music/Violin from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in January of 2009.  She received the Shar Music Award for being named the Grand Prize Winner, Junior Division, of the 2008 Michigan String Teachers Association Solo Competition.  Also an active chamber musician, Andrea was a member of Quartet Polaris, Gold Medal Winners of the 2008 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Junior Division.  She performed with Quartet Polaris on NPR’s “From the Top.”  The quartet also performed in The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Weill Hall as part of an east-coast tour through the Music Institute of Chicago.

This past summer, Ms. Jarrett attended the Taos School of Music, where she worked with the Shanghai, Borromeo, and Brentano Quartets, as well as pianist Robert McDonald and violist Michael Tree. In the summer of 2012, Andrea attended the Pacific Music Festival where she was concertmaster under the direction of Fabio Luisi.  Other summer festivals attended include Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival, Astona International Summer Music Academy, Aspen Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Interlochen Arts Camp.

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