posted March 26, 2007

Violinist Jennifer Walvoord to Perform on March 30

 Violinist Jennifer Walvoord, a Holland native and visiting professor of violin at Hope College, will perform on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

A 2002 Hope College graduate, Walvoord is currently pursuing her doctorate in music from the University of Michigan, anticipating completion in April. She is serving on the faculty at Hope as a sabbatical replacement.

The performance will include "Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin, Op. 27," by Eugene Ysaÿe; "Capriccio for Violin and Organ," by Naji Hakim; the "Sonata in B minor for Violin and Piano," by Ottorino Respighi; and other works.

Accompanying Walvoord will be another 2002 Hope College graduate, organist Susan De Kam, and pianist Jamison Livsey.

Walvoord has master's degrees in both violin performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Hope College. She is currently a student of Andrew Jennings, and her former teachers include Mihai Craioveanu, Joan Conway, Mansoon Han, Deborah Craioveanu and Ellen Rizner.

She is concertmaster of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and has played several concerts with the Grand Rapids Symphony, including the symphony's Carnegie Hall tour in May of 2005. While at the University of Michigan, she was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra, and performed electric violin on the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Walvoord has also performed at venues ranging from the area's Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is on the violin faculty of the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts and teaches violin to undergraduate non-majors at the University of Michigan.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on the corner of 12th Street.