Our Artists

Jenna Anderson, violin

Violinist Jenna Anderson became a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2016. She earned her master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, majoring in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include David Updegraff, Zvi Zeitlin, Lynn Blakeslee and David Russell.

Ms. Anderson serves as Principal Second Violinist of the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival on Beaver Island, Michigan, and is a member of the West Michigan Symphony. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Akron Symphony in Ohio.

Ms. Anderson began studying violin at age 7 in Jamestown, New York, through a Suzuki program in her public school under the guidance of Nina Karbacka. She continued her Suzuki studies with Mary Ann Saylor in Erie, Pennsylvannia, from age 10-15. Inspired by her teachers, she received Suzuki Pedagogy training at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Kimberly Meier-Sims.

Ms. Anderson maintains a private studio in Grand Rapids, teaching private and group violin lessons. During the summer she is a string coach at the Chautauqua Music Camp in New York, leading sectionals and coaching chamber groups.

When she’s not working Ms. Anderson enjoys grilling homemade sausages, brewing beer, playing cribbage, laughing at her own jokes (usually puns) that make most people groan, and painting her fingernails.