Jessica Jordan Popovic
Violin, Viola Teacher
Jessica Jordan Popovic is on the violin and viola faculty at Northwestern University’s Music Academy, Lake Forest High School, Maine South High School and Midwest Young Artists (MYA).
She earned a bachelor of music degree in violin performance and a master of music degree in violin performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University, studying violin with Gerardo Ribeiro and serving as his graduate assistant. Jessica has received training in the Suzuki Method through the Suzuki Association of the Americas as well as other early childhood education methods.
Beginning her violin studies at the age of 5 with Stan Smith of the Aurora Suzuki Violins, Jessica went on to study with Thomas Wermuth of the Western Springs School for Talent Education and Drew Lecher of Naperville, Illinois. She has performed in master classes for renowned musicians such as William Preucil, Mark Zinger, Mimi Zweig, the Ying Quartet, the Hugo Wolf Quartet and the Cassatt Quartet. Her performances have been broadcast over WFMT-Chicago and most recently over WPR-Madison, having won the Neale-Silva Young Artists Award.
She has spent her summers touring Europe and has attended various music programs, such as the ARIA International Summer Music Festival and the Meadowmount School where her quartet won performance honors. Additionally, having spent summers studying pedagogy, Jessica is also Suzuki trained through book 3 as well as various early childhood education methods.
Jessica also freelances in the Chicagoland area. She has played professionally in orchestras and chamber groups and also has a special interest in performing with bluegrass and country bands. Jessica is also a lecturer at North Park University and Lake Forest College, teaching Applied Strings and Pedagogy courses.