Instructor, Violin

Born in Okinawa, Japan to an Air Force family, “Jake” spent his early childhood all around the world until his family settled in the Northern Virginia area. He studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University and received his Bachelors in Music Industry in 2009.  Immediately following, he was accepted to Michigan State University where he studied under I-Fu Wang and received his Masters in Violin Performance in 2011. 

Experienced in a variety of styles, ensembles, and professional pursuits, Jake has enjoyed playing a variety of repertoire from standard concerti, chamber music, as well as orchestral, opera, and musical theatre repertoire.

Recently, Jake has been in demand in a variety of musical pursuits. Freelance performing with orchestras all over Virginia, teaching a full studio of students, even spending the summer working at the Heifetz International Music Institute with some of the world's most renowned musicians. Jake recently started a position as a member of the faculty of the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan, teaching and coaching chamber music during the summer.

As a member of The Triforce Quartet, Jake has had the great opportunity to combine his passion for video games and music. The Quartet has performed all over the US as well as internationally, including a performance at the US Ambassador’s residence in Dublin, Ireland. They released their first album, The Legend of…, in August 2014, and will be recording their second release in the coming months. 

Jake plays piano in his spare time, as well as viola. Outside of music, Jake also loves video games, dogs, going to the gym, and a good cup of coffee.

Strings Professors and Instructors
Diane Phoenix-Neal

Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola
Assistant Professor

Sam Suggs

Sam Suggs, Bass
Assistant Professor

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