Margie Heller – Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Suzuki Violin/Viola
Attended Oberlin College. Founding member of Woodlands Community Orchestra. Has been teaching violin, viola, and fiddle since 1977. Trained in Violin Suzuki method. Performances with Connoisseur Concerts, Spokane Bach Festival, Lake Chelan Bach Fest, 22 years with Spokane Symphony, and the Klezmer music group Chutzpah. Previous faculty member of Holy Names Music Center in 1980 and from 1987-1993.
Jessica Jasper – Viola, Violin
After earning her Master’s degree in viola performance from the University of Minnesota in 2013, Jessica Jasper has lived in her home state of Washington. Since then, she has enjoyed being a freelance violist and violinist, chamber musician and teacher. She has been a tenured violist in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and a tenured violist with the Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra since 2013. She also recently won the position of Assistant Principal viola of Yakima Symphony orchestra.
Jessica loves traveling, and her musical career has taken her around the globe– In the summer of 2010 she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and performed solo recitals as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. In the fall of 2014, she traveled to Gumi, South Korea and played as part of the Gumi International Music Festival. The past few summers, she has had the pleasure of rafting through the Grand Canyon, performing string quartets in natural amphitheaters along the Colorado River. She just returned from a tour to China with the American Festival Orchestra.
Jessica is excited to have recently moved to Spokane after making a several hour-long commute to the symphony for the past seven years. She can’t wait to spend far fewer hours in the car, and more hours playing and teaching music, hiking and enjoying
Claire Keeble – Viola, Violin
Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Redlands in California; studied with John Golz. Further studies at the University of Iowa under Charles Tregor. Principal viola of Spokane Symphony from 1975 to 2000. Performances with Spokane String Quartet for 19 years, including tours in Germany and Taiwan, and Francesco Trio for 3 years. Performs with Tedesca Piano Quartet. Faculty member at Holy Names Music Center since 1993. Faculty Representative on Holy Names Music Center’s Board of Trustees.