Violin, Viola & Cello
Classical and Pop Violin
Jessica started playing the violin at the age of 9, and now 14 years later, has not been able to put it down. Jessica attended the Academy of Performing Arts at John Marshall High School and the Silverlake Conservatory, both located in Los Angeles, Ca. While in high school she also performed with the Los Angeles Community College Orchestra and various chamber groups formed within the college.
Jessica has just recently graduated from California State University, Northridge receiving a Bachelors of Music degree in performance During her time in college, she performed with the CSUN orchestra all 5 years, had the opportunity to tour with them to Palm Springs and also participated in their Chamber Ensemble. And even while being a teacher she understands more than ever the importance of continued learning, thus, she still studies under Michael Ferril.
Her performance credits include venues such as The Greek Theatre, a private party at the Staples Center and theme parks like Disneyland, Knotts. She also has had the great honor of recording at Capitol Records three years in a row. She has also been able to branch out from classical/orchestral music to experiment in some side projects that included playing for Janet Robin, guitarist, singer/songwriter.
She credits teachers for having influenced her greatly and for keeping her interested in the violin. It is for this reason that she would like to give back and return that love for music to another person, young or old. When asked about the power of the violin and music in general, Jessica responds:
Nothing else can compare. Music has been my voice at times when I didn’t have one, I could express myself freely and I would love to put a violin in a child’s hands that needs to express themselves but doesn’t know how. Teaching is important because without teachers I would not be here today nor would any other musician. Music is not all about the performance but it is also about passing it on through the generations so it can evolve and become something fresh and new as well as respecting it’s predecessors. I just thoroughly love music and more specifically the violin because it has helped me through the rough patches in my life and has been there for me through and through.
Jessica is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Violin & Viola
Born and raised in central California, Brandon Encinas began playing the violin at the age of 10. He joined the Kings County Symphony when he was 14, and the Tulare County Symphony at the age of 16, playing both violin and viola.
Brandon spent 2 years at the University of Redlands as a music education major, teaching violin both privately and in the classroom. In 2011 he was the associate concertmaster for the University of Redlands Orchestra. Since 2010, Brandon has spent his summers touring to over 30 U.S. states and to the countries of Haiti, Colombia, and Portugal, as a violinist and music director with the Celebrant Singers.
After spending time on the road as a musician, Brandon has come to believe that music has a certain way of communicating with people in ways that words can’t. He finds enjoyment not only in performing, but also teaching, and being able to lead his students to find their own passion for music as well. Brandon now continues his education as a violin performance major at California State University Northridge studying under Michael Ferril.