Nicholas Jeffery Assistant Principal - Viola
Nicholas Jeffery is a violist and teacher in Kalamazoo Michigan. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Catherine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where his main teacher was Sally Chisholm. Along the way, he worked with a number of coaches and teachers, including Lee Fiser, Victoria Chiang, Sydney Hodkinson, and David Perry. He spent many summers as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, serving two summers as the violist in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has also attended the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME, the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, Interlochen, and the Encore School for Strings.
As a performer, Dr. Jeffery has been a member of the Madison Symphony orchestra and served as principal viola of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Dr. Jeffery helped to found the Ursa Ensemble, a mixed chamber ensemble in Chicago, IL, and has been invited to appear as a guest artist with the Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, the Willy Street Chamber Players, and the Heart Strings Ensemble in Madison, WI.
Dr. Jeffery is strongly committed to teaching and maintains a full studio of private students at the Crescendo Academy of Music. As a member of the Hunt String Quartet at the University of Wisconsin, he visited area elementary schools to present musical lessons and give performances in the classroom. Recently he was invited to give masterclasses to viola students at Ball State University and the University of Wisconsin. He currently serves as assistant principal of the Kalamazoo Symphony and is a member of the Burdick-Thorne String Quartet.