Alyssa Blackstone

Violin Teacher, Student

Alyssa Blackstone

SAA Member


Cleveland, OH
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Twenty year-old Alyssa Blackstone, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, is enrolled in the bachelor’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a violin student of Ms. Joan Kwuon. Ms. Blackstone has performed with the Kennett Symphony and Immaculate Symphony, where she performed pieces including Vieuxtemp’s Concerto no. 5 in A minor, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Winter, and the colorful Vieuxtemp’s Souvenir d’Amerique. A first prizewinner at the Newark Symphony Young Artists Competition, Ms. Blackstone has performed in master classes with professionals such as David Kim, Donald Weilerstein, and Jan Sloman. She also has performed in lessons and master classes with William and Gloria dePasquale, Yumi Kim, and Louis Scaglione. Enjoying orchestral work, Alyssa held the concertmaster position for 3 years in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

Actively working in her community, Ms. Blackstone received the Good Citizenship Award given by the Union League of Philadelphia. Also at the Union League, she was selected to play at an awards ceremony for First Lady Laura Bush. In spring 2014, she played in a violin duo that won the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition. During the summers, she attends festivals such as Colorado College Summer Festival where she was selected to play a solo with the orchestra. Involvedin chambermusic, Ms. Blackstone currently plays with a piano trio and has performed in master classes with the Juilliard Quartet and numerous professional groups. Frequently, Ms. Blackstone performs New Music to help modern composers get their music to audiences.  Additionally, she is very involved in the Suzuki Academy at CIM – helping in whatever area she can while studying pedagogy in addition to performance. When she is not performing, Ms. Blackstone enjoys working with children, playing basketball, photography, and coffee.

Alyssa Blackstone

1503 Burgoyne Road, Downingtown PA 19335

Cell: (484) 356-6084—


Dedicated Teacher                                                          Active chamber musician
Dynamic Soloist                                                                      Music Theory Knowledge
Orchestral experience                                                      Performs a broad range of musical styles


~Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for 3 years
~Master classes with David Kim, Donald Weilerstein, the Juilliard Quartet, Jan Sloman, and numerous others
~Featured as a soloist and chamber musician on recitals and concerts at the Cleveland Institute of Music
~First Place in the 2014 Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition
~First Place in the Newark Symphony Young Artists Competition
~First Place in the Kennet Symphony Competition

Community Involvement

~Performed for First Lady Laura Bush in Philadelphia, PA
~Received the Good Citizenship Award from the Union League of Philadelphia
~Organized/played benefit concerts to support 58Ten (Kenya orphanage) and TuneUp Philly (inner-city music program)
~Helped run numerous children’s ministry programs at local church
~Performs locally for weddings, church events, and parties


January 2010 to Current
~Maintains a private violin studio
~Highly Involved in the Suzuki Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music
~Directed high school orchestra—all sectionals, coachings, and concerts


~Degree Recitals at Cleveland Institute of Music
~Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 1—mvt.1 with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra

~Vieuxtemp’s Concerto no. 5 in A minor with the Newark Symphony Orchestra
~Vivaldi’s Winter on the Immaculate Symphony’s Winter Concert Series
~Vieuxtemp’s Souvenir d’Amerique with the Kennett Symphony at Longwood Gardens


Cleveland Institute of Music : Bachelor of Music 2016
Violin Performance

~Registered Suzuki Teacher in Books 1-4
~Currently doing further Coursework in Suzuki Pedagogy
~Coursework in Business and Accounting
~3.89 GPA
~Appears on the Deans List at CIM
Festivals and Seminars
~Colorado College Summer Music Festival
~Center Stage Strings—California
~Strings International Music Festival—Pennsylvania