Jenna Sherry — Artistic Director
Violinist Jenna Sherry grew up in New Orleans and has lived in London since she was selected as a Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008. As an active chamber musician, Jenna has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Barbican Hall, the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, and in the City of London Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet, violinist András Keller, and cellist Steven Isserlis.
She has participated in chamber music festivals around the world, including the Taos Chamber Music School and Festival (USA), and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove (UK) where she regularly attends the invitation-only Open Chamber Music sessions. In 2011, Jenna recorded Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? for solo violin and electronics for BBC broadcast, collaborating with the work’s original creators at IRCAM and performing it on the BBC Total Immersion series.
Jenna leads the Faust Ensemble in London and regularly plays with groups such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, and Spira Mirabilis.
While growing up in New Orleans, Jenna studied with Mary Anne Fairlie and Valerie Poullette. She received a Bachelors of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she was a student of Mark Kaplan and a Herman B. Wells Scholar. Following completion of a Masters in Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she was twice awarded a Junior Fellowship at the school. More recently she has worked with Ferenc Rados and András Keller.
Jenna is an assistant violin teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School (Surrey, UK), a specialist music school for students between 8–18 years old.
Jenna was a founder of the Birdfoot Festival in 2011 and serves as the festival’s Artistic Director.
For more information about Ms. Sherry, visit JennaSherry.com
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Birdfoot Festival, Dr. Sherry has extensive training and twenty-five years of experience in nonprofit management. A founding member of the state and national-award-winning Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Dr. Sherry recently “retired” from GNOYO’s Board of Directors after twenty consecutive years.
In addition to having served on all committees and offices of GNOYO, she served five years as Board President and chaired GNOYO’s successful 2000 Endowment Campaign. Dr. Sherry is a co-founder and former board member of the New Orleans String Project and has served on the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Education Committee.
She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Sc. from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of New Hampshire, Tulane University, and for ten years as a Certified Suzuki Method Instructor.
Caroline Fourmy is a Memphis native with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University. She has been a teacher, performer, and administrative assistant since 2006. When not managing Birdfoot’s operations, she can be seen in several artistic endeavors all found here. 2017 will be her third year with the Birdfoot Festival.