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.
Jarrett Furst is a recent graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Cello Performance. He has been enjoying the cello since he was in 4th grade when he discovered a talent for the instrument. Immediately he started taking serious lessons and playing in different orchestras within and outside of school. He has toured China, Prague, and parts of the US with orchestras and bands and continues to play with numerous groups. He is very experienced in new music and improvisation on top of his classical training and focuses a lot of new techniques and styles of instrumentation