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    Shames, Jennie

    She is a violinist and teacher who was born to a family who were active in music and began playing the violin when she was only three years old.  Just a year later she made her debut concert performance.


    She went on to take studies at the Hartt College of Music and later in 1976 received a Tanglewood Music Center fellowship after studying with Joseph Silverstein.  He also entered Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude from there in 1979.


    After she graduated she was offered a position at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and still performs with them as an orchestra member and soloist in their series of Prelude Concerts and Supper Concerts among others.


    Outside of her work as second violin with the BSO she has been a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Ronald Feldman and John Williams.  She has also given performances with various orchestras in New England including the New England Philharmonic.


    A sought after chamber musician and recitalist she has performed at Alaska’s Fairbanks Summer Music Festival and is a founder member of the Diaz-Shames-Diaz String Trio.  The trio of three BSO musicians have been resident at the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival and has given several performances at venues that include Cornell University, the University of Virginia and Washington D.C.’s Cosmos Club.


    She has appeared on recordings that include Hindemith on Trombone by Ron Barron, Mozart: Quartets, oboe, violin, viola, violoncello, K. 370, F major and Gerald Finzi: Interlude, Oboe, Strings, Op. 21. with the Diaz-Shames-Diaz String Trio.


    In the field of musical education she is a faculty member of the Boston Conservatory.



    1. http://www.bso.org/bso/mods/bios_detail.jsp?id=2100131
    2. http://www.amismusicalcircle.com/cds/cd-008.htm
    3. http://library.nevada.edu/music/collections/oboecds.php
    4. http://www.franksviolins.com/music_schools.htm




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