Jay Pike

Violin, Viola Teacher

Jay Pike

SAA Member


Chicago, IL
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Jay has been teaching violin and viola in Chicago for more than ten years. He teaches at the Merit School of Music, and also has private studios in Chicago, Morton Grove, and Hinsdale. Jay has done Suzuki training with Carrie Reuning-Hummel and Ed Kreitman.

Jay has performed with many orchestras around Chicago including the New Millennium Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Arts Orchestra, and the Elgin and Rockford Symphonies. He is principal violist and founding member of the Memphis, TN based chamber orchestra the Eroica Ensemble, and has performed with the Britt Festival Orchestra and Montana Lyric Opera. Jay can also be heard on the 2009 release “A New Tide,” by indie-band Gomez.

Jay has a master of music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. While in school Jay was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Montana, Missoula, where he studied humanities and environmental studies.