Bachelors in Violin Performance –  Belhaven University
Masters in Violin Performance (forthcoming)- Cleveland Institute of Music

Jessica Schmidt is a professional violinist originally from the Philadelphia area. She fell in love with the violin at the age of five, and began studying Suzuki violin on an instrument her father manually assembled. Throughout her middle school years, Jessica enjoyed traveling to center city Philadelphia to participate in top level training programs for classically gifted musicians. To name a few, Jessica participated in “Temple Music Preparatory for Gifted Young Musicians” where she received small ensemble and orchestral training from Luis Biava, David Booth, and other famous members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also enjoyed participating in Settlement Music School where she received personal coaching and instruction for small ensembles from Syd Curtis. During Middle School and High School, Jessica was privileged to have studied with Violinist Hirono Oka of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Belhaven, Jessica began studying her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Joan Kwuon, head of Violin Faculty at the Conservatory.

During the summertime, Jessica has enjoyed participating in festivals such as: Borromeo International Music Festival, Faculty for Premiere Orchestral Institute, Heifetz International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Masterworks Festival, and Strings Summer Music Festival. This past summer, Jessica enjoyed working as music staff at Camp of the Woods in upstate NY with classically trained musicians from conservatories all over the world.

Currently, Jessica enjoys teaching at various music schools in OH, and playing with several orchestras throughout the country. It is her dream to continue growing every day as a performer, teacher, and collaborative musician.

Teaching Statement: Jessica strongly believes every child is uniquely and beautifully gifted. It is the teacher’s duty to not only discover the manifestations of these gifts in the student, but to nurture them in such a way that will inspire, encourage, and develop the student and their abilities. It is also the teacher’s duty to discover the most effective way to nurture every student’s talent according to their individual learning styles, thus enabling a creative teaching avenue for every student.