Jenn Chang — Viola
New York-based violist Jennifer Chang enjoys a multifaceted career performing in ensembles throughout the country. After her introduction to chamber music in middle school, at the Greenwood Music Camp, she fell in love with it. She continued her chamber music studies at the Musicorda, Kneisel Hall, and Moritzburg summer festivals and the Saint Lawrence and Juilliard string quartet seminars.
Jenn especially enjoys playing chamber music in non-traditional venues, presenting string quartets to new audiences. From 2007–2010, she was a regular member of the Classical Revolution ensemble, playing weekly shows in bars and cafes in San Francisco. Upon moving to New York, she helped found the HausMuzik ensemble, performing concerts in homes, churches, gardens, and libraries; she also performs with the Listen Closely chamber music initiative in New York’s Inwood neighborhood. Some of her other favorite performance venues have been the MoMA sculpture garden, Small’s Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, and The Barn at Castle Hill, at the Manchester-by-the-Sea chamber music festival.
A graduate of Harvard college, Jenn seeks to use music for social change and community enrichment. She presented her senior thesis about the Venezuelan social program El Sistema at symposiums organized by the New England Conservatory and Community MusicWorks. In 2015, Jenn was honored to play principal viola in the inaugural orchestra concert for The Dream Unfinished, a collective of classical musicians and activists who promote NYC-based civil rights and community organizations.
Jenn completed her Master’s degree at Juilliard, studying with Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman. At Juilliard, she performed regularly with the New Juilliard Ensemble and served as a principal violist of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. Previous teachers include Roger Tapping, James Buswell, and Marylou Speaker Churchill.