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Please join us in welcoming our two new additions to the Island Music Guild team: Voice teacher Jenny Davis and Violin teacher Jennifer Yarbrough!

Jenny Davis – Voice

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A Seattle native, Jenny Davis earned her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts, where she was awarded the coveted Maggie Hawthorn scholarship, the music department’s highest achievement. An experienced steward of straight-ahead jazz, she actively performs throughout the U.S. and Canada in clubs, festivals and jazz venues, including Seattle’s Jazz Alley and the Victoria BC International jazz festival. She has recorded 3 successful albums and is currently a music booking agent for other international jazz artists. Educated in classical vocal technique, as well as jazz musicianship, for 20+ years Jenny has been coaching beginning to professional level vocalists of all genres, focusing on the individual student’s goals and needs.

A popular instructor among teens and adults, students of all ages work with Jenny to expand their vocal range, study proper methods of breath and vocal technique, and hone their skills in phrasing and microphone use as well. Some students come to the studio with no vocal training. Much like leaning to play the saxophone or trumpet, Jenny teaches students how to “play” their own voice through proper vocal placement and technique. Lessons are focused on vocal technique, and most important, singing songs that inspire joy, passion and fun!

Jenny works with semi-pro and professional level students with current projects, as they work in their own bands, recording projects or career development. Working closely with other musicians is Jenny’s special gift. Her style is upbeat and positive and you discover how exciting and dynamic singing can be when you learn to integrate your voice with other instruments. Her respect for all players is exceptional. She knows how to be part of the band, showing students how to communicate with musicians on the bandstand, how to improvise by listening carefully to their playing, how to get the most out of rehearsals.

Jenny has performed and studied with some of the greatest artists in music today: Grammy winning artist Kurt Elling, Maestro David Kyle, Chuck Easton, Dave Carson, Julian Priester, John Clayton, Diego Figueiredo, Bud Shank, Jackie Ryan, Anita Wardell and many more. A passionate steward, and lifetime student of jazz, her mission is to pass on the tradition to future generations.

“Jenny teaches like she sings, straight from the heart, and she backs it up with solid technical chops.”

- STUDENT

To learn more, visit Jenny’s website or contact Jenny directly:

Jenny Davis
(360) 301-5637
jennydavisjazz@yahoo.com

 

Jennifer Yarbrough – Violin

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A native of Knoxville, TN, violinist Jennifer Yarbrough’s career was launched when, at 18, she won her first position in a professional orchestra. Currently the principal second violin of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and a section first violinist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.

Passionate about teaching, Yarbrough studied string pedagogy with Kurt Sassmannshaus, one of today’s preeminent violin pedagogues, and is a certified teacher of The Sassmannshaus Tradition. Having vast experience teaching private violin lessons to all ages, beginning through advanced, for nearly a decade, she has also coached chamber music, masterclasses, orchestra sectionals, and presented for education and outreach.

Additionally, she has attended some of the nation’s top music festivals, including the Castleton Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Interlochen Arts Camp.

Yarbrough received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Piotr Milewski and Gabriel Pegis.

Learn more at Jennifer’s website or contact her directly:

Jennifer Yarbrough
(972) 567.7470 (cell)
(206) 486.2970 (studio)
jennifer.v.yarbrough@gmail.com