Olivia J. Thompson

Violin, Viola Teacher

Olivia Thompson

SAA Member


Salt Lake City, UT
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Olivia Thompson has always been fascinated by all things violin. At age 4, she began studying the violin with Jane Mensel. After completing all 10 Suzuki books, she studied with Jack Ashton of the Utah Symphony. Afterwards, she attended Utah State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance as a student of Rebecca McFaul, founder of the Fry Street Quartet.

Olivia is a passionate musician and teacher. She has taught elementary school orchestra for the past four years as part of the Mountain West String Academy in Logan, Utah. Olivia especially enjoys teaching her students to love chamber music. Performing as a member of a quartet is incredibly rewarding, and she hopes to inspire her students in the way that her teachers have inspired her.

Olivia knows that learning to play an instrument should be fun! She loves teaching her students fiddle music. For the last 3 years, she has performed in a country band in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Olivia is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Utah. She is the Concertmaster of the Utah Philharmonia Orchestra, and holds the position of first violin in the Michie Graduate String Quartet. Olivia is a prominent violin teacher in the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.