Kaleigh Acord hails from Fairfax Station, VA, where she grew up studying equal measures of violin and viola. She is now a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Violin Performance at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music. There, she is a student of Soh-Hyun Park Altino and a recipient of the distinguished Paul Collins Fellowship. She holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, as well as a Masters of Music and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. She was a recipient of Peabody’s Valerie Slingluff Violin Scholarship for the 2016-17 year. Her previous teachers include Violaine Melancon and Laura Bossert. Kaleigh served three years as teaching assistant for Ms. Bossert’s violin and viola studios at both Longy and Wellesley College. In March 2014, she made her radio debut on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase playing Schoenfield’s Souvenirs for Violin and Piano. Her notable chamber music experience includes appearances with the Hausmann Quartet, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Michael Kannen, and Tchaikovsky International Gold Medalist cellist Sergey Antonov. Kaleigh spent past summers performing at Caroga Lake Music Festival, Kent/Blossom Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Fellowship Program, the Charles Castleman Quartet Program, and Lyricafest.
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