Solo & Duo Performances

with Hope Shepherd

julius-meinl-300x225Jackie has teamed up with a close colleague, Hope Shepherd, for some duo performances!  Hope and Jackie work together not only as a duo, but in Just South of Heaven and the Allium String Quartet. Most recently (and often!) they can be seen at Julius Meinl Coffeehouse in Lakeview performing acoustic pop and classical music.  They perform from 8-11 pm on select Friday & Saturday evenings.  Check out the events calendar to see when they play next!


hope-shepherdCellist Hope Shepherd is active as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and cello teacher. Currently a member of the the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Hope has previously been principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Rice University Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden, and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a student at Arizona State University Ms. Shepherd participated in a unique String Quartet Residency program that allowed her to receive instruction and perform alongside members of the Juilliard, St. Lawrence, and Brentano String Quartets. She has maintained a cello studio for the past ten years and is currently a Suzuki Cello teacher at the Merit School of Music. Hope holds a Master’s degree from Rice University where she studied with Brinton Averil Smith, and a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University with Thomas Landschoot.


solo-1Most of Jackie’s solo performances have been in conjunction with her education, or as a private gigging musician for weddings and other events.  She performed 2 solo recitals as part of her undergraduate study and 1 solo recital as part of her graduate study.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Vamos, Jackie learned most of the standard solo viola literature, but continuously enjoys learning new and old repertoire.  Jackie prefers to spend her time however, as a chamber and orchestral player.