Skara2From an early age music was Jackie’s passion, and in particular the violin. However, the Southern California native officially started music lessons at the age of six on the piano.  Shortly thereafter, she added the violin, and eventually the viola, to the list.  She continued study on all three instruments through high school, while also honing her interests in music theory and history.


Jackie earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance and French from the University of Southern California, studying with Dr. Pamela Goldsmith.  While attending school, she had the privilege of performing with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Hagai Shaham, and Anne Akiko Meyers under the baton of Larry Livingston and guest conductors such as Carl St. Clair, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and John Williams.  It was during these experiences that Jackie’s passion for orchestral playing grew, and where she received her first major experiences freelancing. Living in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to record at Sony Studios and work on a couple major of productions like The Soloist and Not Another Dance Movie.


23Jackie earned her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance and Chamber/Orchestral Literature from Northwestern University, studying under Dr. Roland Vamos.  It was during her Master’s degree that she found her passion for pedagogy, studying for two years with Stacia Spencer and Dr. James Kjelland.  While in her second year of study, she won a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, where she has served as Principal Viola and Assistant Principal Viola respectively.  Subsequently, she freelances with many of the regional orchestras of Chicago.


Jackie has just moved back to Southern California to pursue her interests there.

To learn more about the different projects and artists Jackie works with visit her performing pages!