Violinist Jamie Chimchirian is a passionate performer with ample experience as an ensemble musician and soloist. She is the newest member of the second violin section of the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra, and she performs regularly with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. During her time in Washington D.C, she performed frequently with the Fairfax Symphony, the Apollo Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Takoma Ensemble and the Trifilio Tango Trio. Ms. Chimchirian has performed as a featured soloist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra of Delaware and the Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras at West Chester University. She is a former First Prize Winner in the Pennsylvania Music Educators National Conference Young Artists Competition for Strings, and the Newark Symphony Orchestra of Delaware’s annual Mildred Gladdis Competition for Young Musicians. Ms. Chimchirian has performed in Masterclasses given by distinguished artists such as: Arnold Steinhardt, David Kim, Ilya Kaler and Nurit Pacht. Throughout her academic studies, she often served as Concertmaster in the Symphonic and Opera Orchestras at The West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Boston University and The University of Maryland. She is an alumnus of the National Orchestral Institute and the Garth Newell Chamber Music Fellowship Program. Ms. Chimchirian earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Maryland in 2016, where she studied with James Stern. In her Dissertation, Beethoven’s Violinists: The Influence of Clement, Viotti, and the French School on Beethoven’s Violin Compositions, she explores the stylistic connection between Beethoven’s violin compositions and select works of Franz Clement, Pierre Rode and Giovanni Battista Viotti. Ms. Chimchirian also holds a Master’s Degree from Boston University, where she studied with Bayla Keyes, and a Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she studied violin with Sylvia Ahramjian and voice with Emily Bullock. A passionate and devoted pedagogue, Ms. Chimchirian founded Poppy Violin Studio LLC in 2020, which offers comprehensive and personalized violin and viola lessons to students in Portland Oregon. She is a faculty member at the non- profit Community Music Center, which aims to provide affordable and equitable music instruction for the citizens of Portland Oregon. She is a frequent clinician with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony where many of her students are regular members. Previously, she worked with fourth and fifth grade strings students as violin faculty in the Lake Oswego School District's beginner strings program. Before moving to Oregon, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland, where she worked with students pursuing a minor in violin performance. She taught at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC as a violin teacher and beginning orchestra teacher, and frequently worked with the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra of Maryland as a strings coach in sectional rehearsals, outreach programs and summer camps. She is currently a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Book One of the Suzuki Violin Method.