Full Bio

Jennifer Dunn grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she first began studying the piano and violin with her mother, Judy Call. She then studied with the late Julienne Slaughter through high school, where she had opportunities to play in All-State and the State Solo festivals. She also won the Magic Valley Youth Solo competition in her Senior Year.

Her first two years of college were spent at Boise State University, studying with Craig Purdy. While at BSU, she won the string division of the Idaho Music Club solo competition, the BSU Symphony Concerto Competition, was featured on BSU public radio, gave numerous solo and chamber music recitals, and joined the Boise Philharmonic 2nd violin section.

Jennifer then transferred to the University of Utah, where she completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music History. Highlights included playing with the Utah Philharmonia as one of the assistant concertmasters, the New Music Ensemble, the Mt. Olympus String Quartet, and was a soloist with the Crimson Chamber Orchestra in an all-Bach program. For her music history thesis, she wrote a paper on violin makers in Utah.

Upon graduation, Jennifer packed up her things and went to Australia to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 18 months. Bringing her violin with her, she played for church services and community events throughout South Australia, Victoria, and the Northern Territory.

When her mission ended, Jennifer returned to Idaho. Hoping to get into a Master's Degree program, she contacted Geoffrey Trabichoff, concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic to prepare for auditions. She found such a wonderful teacher and mentor in Geoffrey, she stayed in Idaho where she joined the Boise Philharmonic's first violin section, and attended the College of Idaho to receive teacher certification. She enjoyed many opportunities at the C of I, including being a guest artist with the Langroise Trio, playing the "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi with the C of I Sinfonia, increasing her chamber music repertoire, and giving more solo recitals, as well as teaching music to children in public school as well as privately.

Jennifer married Dave Dunn after graduation from the College of Idaho, and started her new career as a mother. Though she eventually left the Boise Philharmonic as a permanent member, she still performs with them as a section violinist substitute. She has also kept up her violin playing by giving solo recitals throughout Idaho, and has been a soloist with the Treasure Valley Symphony, the Darkwood Consort, and the Hymns of Thanksgiving Orchestra. In 2007, she was the winner of the American Mothers National Violin competition. Jennifer is a member of the piano trio, "Trebelle," along with cellist Heidi Nagel, and pianist Robyn Wells.

Still called on to perform in church, and other community services, Jennifer has been writing hymn and carol arrangements for violin and piano. Her goal is to inspire people with beautiful music, whether it be classical or religious.