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JENNIFER WADE

Artist-in-Residence, Violin

Jennifer Wade, violinist, is an Arlington native and returned to the area in 2001 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. While at Blair, she was the winner of the school’s prestigious Branscomb Award for overall excellence. Her primary teachers have included Alexander Yudkovsky, Director of the School for Strings in New York City, Gerald Greer, Assistant Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony, and Cornelia Heard, Second Violinist of the Blair String Quartet. Since her return to the DC area, Jennifer has established a competitive teaching studio and successful freelance performing career.


In 2009, Jennifer co-founded and then served as the Music Director of the Arlington-based Prelude Youth Orchestra Program for six years before handing the reins to the Arlington Philharmonic in 2015. During her tenure as Prelude’s Music Director, Jennifer received the American String Teachers’ Association’s 2012-2013 Orchestra Director 

of the Year Award for the State of Virginia. She is proud to have hosted the highest caliber guest artists including Grammy winning violinist, Midori, and Grammy winning percussionist, Joseph McCarthy. In 2010, Jennifer joined the faculty of the Levine School’s Strings and Strings Plus summer chamber music programs. She has also served multiple times as a judge for area competitions such as the National Music Teacher Association’s Strings Concerto Competition.


As a performer, Jennifer has played with many of the area’s finest ensembles including the National Philharmonic, the Alexandria Symphony, Amadeus Orchestra, the Annapolis and Manassas Ballets, the Maryland Symphony, the Virginia Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, Cathedra, and more. She is thrilled to be part of Crescendo’s quartet in residence, continuing the tradition of cultivating fine young musicians in Arlington County.