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Jennifer Picard – Violin, Suzuki Violin


Jennifer approaches every student as an individual, and finds enjoyment in learning more every day how to make music accessible and fun for each student. Teaching both violin and viola in both Suzuki and traditional teaching styles, Jennifer has 14 years of teaching experience. The feeling of having an instrument placed on your shoulder for the first time is something Jennifer hopes every child has the chance to experience. Jennifer nurtures the idea that music should always be fun, and loves to teach her students songs they want to play from movies or songs they know.

Originally from Atlanta GA, Jennifer Picard began playing the viola at age 12 after falling in love with film music, particularly the music from Star Wars and the music of John Williams. The first time Jennifer saw the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in concert, she couldn’t help but notice the wordless communication amongst the players in the form of occasional glances and smiles. They were playing Mozart and having a grand time doing so, and Jennifer was fascinated. She knew then without a doubt she wanted to play music for the rest of her life. One year later she joined The Metropolitan Youth Concert Orchestra and made her first concerto debut with the Buckhead Youth Orchestra at age 14. Eventually joining The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, she looked forward to spending every weekend playing and rehearsing with her friends in an orchestral setting. Playing in a symphony orchestra has always been Jennifer’s greatest source of inspiration.

Jennifer attended Georgia State University for her undergraduate studies in performance, studying with Tania Maxwell Clements. She attended Northwestern University for her graduate studies in performance and violin pedagogy, studying with world renowned player and pedagogue, Roland Vamos. During her time at Northwestern she also studied orchestral excerpts under Charles Pikler, principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about all areas of music, Jennifer has enjoyed narrating Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed two concert series for Collective Soul’s DVD “Home” with The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and recently traveled through 19 cities in China with the Hollywood Film Orchestra playing movie music. She is also passionate about historical musicology and the history of the great composers. She used to write program notes for orchestra concerts in her spare time. Jennifer moved to Cincinnati in 2014. In addition to WFAC she currently also teaches violin and viola with the CCM Preparatory Department at Cincinnati’s SCPA and Hyde Park school. She still tends to her original passion of playing in orchestras on the nights and weekends with symphonies in the area.

In her spare time, Jennifer is an avid backyard astronomer.



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Alexander Technique Workshop 5/21

Got tension? Aches and pains?

Want to loosen up? Join us for an Alexander Technique Workshop with Shellie Cash, ATI certified instructor! For musicians and performance artists alike! Reduce pain, tension, gain freedom and ease of movement, and gain outcomes that reflect mindfulness and intentionality.

When: Sunday, May 21, 9 am – 5 pm (or 1/2 session in the AM 9-12:15 or PM 1:15 – 5)

Where: Wyoming Fine Arts Center Ballroom, 322 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215

Who: Singers, Musicians, Artists, Dancers, anyone who wants to improve body movement. **Ages 15 – 70.

Cost: $60 for the day | $40 half-day

$13.50 additional for lunch provided by Gabby’s Cafe.

**Ask about our Arts Educator and university student discounts (group rates available)


Call Claire at 513-948-1900 with any questions! Register below, call to register, or email us at registrar@musicartdance.org.

To learn more about the Alexander Technique and about Shellie Cash please visit www.ShellieCash.com

Shellie Cash is an accomplished Alexander Technique teacher and coach whose mission is to help others discover greater fulfillment and sustainability in their professional and personal journeys. For over 20 years, she has helped countless people address a wide range of life challenges and realize significantly higher levels of performance and functioning. Shellie assists them in learning to “undo” habitual patterns of moving and thinking that limit performance, thereby allowing higher capability to emerge. From business executives seeking greater leadership impact to performing artists desiring effortless yet dynamic performance quality, the utility of Alexander Technique is far-reaching.


Registration with Lunch option is now closed. You may still walk down to Gabby’s or call in a pick-up from their regular menu.

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