Jennifer Rhodes, violin
Known for her collaborative style and versatility, violinist Jennifer Rhodes has performed professionally throughout the country with orchestras such as the Tucson, New World, and New Mexico Symphonies as well as Utah Festival Opera Company, where she was a featured soloist. As a founding artist for the chamber group Salonnières, she performs themed, salon-style concerts throughout the Phoenix area. She is currently concertmaster for Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, where she frequently solos, records, and participates in their chamber music concerts. She has made recent appearances as guest concertmaster with the Chandler Symphony and was a principal player of the Chautauqua Music School Orchestra.
Ms. Rhodes’ enthusiasm for chamber music began with the formation of her first string quartet at the age of 12. Her participation as a teenager in a unique series of residency programs with internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Ying, American, and Miami String Quartets became the catalyst to her decision to pursue music professionally. Some of her favorite projects include a performance of Aaron Jay Kernis’ String Quartet No. 2, performing as a collaborative artist with Santa Fe New Music, and a series of concerts with the Voyager Trio (violin, clarinet, and piano) exploring music of the WWI era.
Ms. Rhodes’ years at University Musical Society, one of the largest and most respected arts presenters in the country, led to her development as an arts administrator alongside her musical career. She also worked for such organizations as Spoleto Festival USA, the National Institute for Education and the Arts, and Rocky Ridge Music Center, covering ground in programming, education and outreach, production, editing, graphic design, marketing, and management. As a student at the University of Michigan, she completed a rotation-style internship through the university’s performing arts departments and served as the student representative on the university's arts grant selection committee, awarding funds to student-run arts organizations.
An Argentine tango aficionado, Jennifer danced with the tango club during her time in Ann Arbor, and her love of the music runs deep. She was honored to premiere three tangos for violin and piano, each composed by a friend: Aram Arakelyan, Erika Nelson, and Victor Broderick. She continues to program them alongside other tango repertoire for Salonnières and other performances.
Ms. Rhodes completed her MM at Rice University and her BM at the University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude from both schools, and performing with the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Huntsville Symphonies while a student. At the University of Michigan, she was nominated by faculty as a student conflict resolution mediator for her leadership and integrity to represent the music school. Her primary teachers include Kenneth Goldsmith, Kathryn Votapek, Aaron Berofsky, Stephen Shipps, Marjorie Bagley, Ted Ashton, and Janice McAllister. Her principal chamber coaches include Cho-Liang Lang, Lynn Harrell, Martin Katz, Norman Fischer, Andrew Jennings, James Dunham, and Yehonatan Berick. Prior to college, Ms. Rhodes won first prize in her state American String Teachers Association competition and sat concertmaster for her All-State Orchestra.
Jennifer lives in Gilbert, AZ with her husband Matthew and their four young children.