Acclaimed Violinists Join the Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty

Tina Chang Qu and Jorja Fleezanis will join the string faculty in the fall, alongside guest artists Rachel Barton Pine, the Brentano String Quartet, and the Ying Quartet

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Founded in 1928 in northwest Michigan, the Interlochen Arts Academy is a non-profit arts education institution, attracting young people from around the world to study music, theater, dance, visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, and comparative arts.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Tina Chang Qu has previously served on the faculty at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition, Qu has held positions as acting concertmaster of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and a frequent visiting musician of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Jorja Fleezanis currently teaches orchestral studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has served as a visiting faculty member at Boston Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and the Shepherd School of Music — and has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West summer festival since 2015. She also served as associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, where she became the longest-tenured concertmaster in the orchestra's history.

“Tina and Jorja are world-class teaching artists and we are thrilled to welcome them to our Music Department,” said Enrique Márquez, director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “Our students will benefit immeasurably from their wealth of experience in teaching and performing and their global perspective.”