Lea Detlefs was given a violin at the age of seven by her grandfather, and between him and a neighbor who happened to be a retired violist from the Detroit Symphony, her musical education began. She has been playing violin for nearly 20 years now, and viola for 15. Recently, she completed the Every Child Can course and Suzuki Book I training with teacher trainer Ronda Cole. In college Lea studied Violin Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Gregory Fulkerson for one year, and later returned home to study violin at the University of Michigan School of Music under Yehonatan Berick and Gabriel Bolkosky. After graduating in 2010 she became a member of the Dearborn Symphony, and was a frequent substitute for the Toledo and Plymouth Symphonies. Summer music festivals she has attended include the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, Domaine Forget in Quebec, and the Phoenix Phest! in Ann Arbor, MI. She has also attended Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp in Tennessee, where she was inspired to take up Appalachian fiddling. She has maintained a private studio out of her home for the past 8 years, teaching classical violin, viola, and fiddle to students from ages five to adult. She enjoys soccer, learning Spanish, and hiking in her spare time.