Jennifer Arnold, viola, is a native of North Royalton, Ohio. She earned a Professional Studies Degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2005, where she also obtained a bachelor’s of music in 2003. Jennifer has studied with Robert Vernon, Principal Violist of The Cleveland Orchestra, for six years. She has also studied with Cleveland’s Assistant Principal Violist, Stan Konopka, and with Cavani Quartet Second Violinist Mari Sato. During her years in Cleveland, Jennifer was a member of Red (an orchestra), the Akron Symphony and The Cleveland Pops Orchestra. She has participated in various festivals including the Interlochen Arts Camp, ENCORE School for Strings, the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, the Henry Mancini Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival USA and the Britt Chamber Festival.
For the past three summers, Jennifer has attended The Youth Orchestra of the Americas Festival, based in Washington D.C., that brings musicians from a majority of countries in North and South America to share the language of music on tour in underprivileged areas. As principal violist of YOA she has toured to at least 20 cities in Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica and Colombia. Jennifer was a semi-finalist in the 1998, 2001, and 2003 Sphinx Competitions for Black and Latino String Players and was the Best Tone winner in 1998. She has performed with several orchestras in Carnegie Hall as a member including: the New York String Seminar with Jaime Laredo; the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra; and the Paquito D’Rivera Celebration Concert as a member of YOA. Jennifer made her solo debut with The Cleveland Orchestra on January 10, 1999, in their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert. She has also performed as a concerto winner with World Youth Symphony Orchestra (Interlochen), The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Suburban Symphony. Jennifer shares a love for all different types of music and is an avid performer of jazz and Latin music.