Mrs. Jennifer V. Yarbrough

Violin Teacher

Jennifer Yarbrough

SAA Member


Poulsbo, WA
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Originally from Knoxville, TN, violinist Jennifer Yarbrough won her first professional orchestral position at the age of 18 and has continued to enjoy a diverse career as a performer and teacher ever since. 

She is a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, and Vashon Opera. She has also appeared with the Federal Way Symphony, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC), Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN), and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.

As a freelancer, Jennifer has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Michael Bublé, Il Divo, Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, and The Ten Tenors.

Jennifer has been featured as a soloist with the Poulsbo Community Orchestra in addition to touring and performing as a chamber musician in Bucharest, Romania at the Sutu Palace and George Enescu Hall and also throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

A private teacher since 2007, Jennifer is a registered Suzuki violin teacher, having completed training courses with Sherry Cadow, Christie Felsing, Edward Kreitman, Cathy Lee, Allen Lieb, Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Edmund Sprunger. During college, she studied string pedagogy with Kurt Sassmannshaus and completed The Sassmannshaus Tradition teacher training seminar for violin. In addition to holding her own private studio in Poulsbo, she is an adjunct Suzuki violin instructor at The University of Puget Sound’s Community Music Department

Jennifer has attended many of the United States’ premier music festivals, including the Castleton Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. At these festivals, Yarbrough played under the batons of Lorin Maazel, JoAnn Falletta, Keith Lockhart, and Gerard Schwarz and was coached by the Biava String Quartet, James Dick, Gregory Fulkerson, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Kirsten Yon, among others.

Although classically trained, Jennifer has been hailed as a “rock star” for her non-classical performances. In recital, she performed her own transcriptions of fiddle tunes by Lajkó Félix to the praise of Dr. Piotr Milewski, Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, who said the music was “in her blood” and that she “made people smile.” 

Jennifer received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in violin performance, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She studied primarily with Dr. Piotr Milewski and Gabriel Pegis and was also coached by Mark Gibson, Lee Fiser, and Timothy Lees.

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