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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955



Jennifer Son

Canadian and American cellist Jennifer Son is an avid chamber musician and artist. She has performed in venues in various Canadian provinces, the U.S.A., Korea, and India. As a teacher, she envisions traveling to share her passion in parts of the world where Western Classical music education is limited. Regularly invited as a resident guest artist to music festivals such as Con Brio in Bombay, India, she collaborates and teaches with artists from around the world.

As the Young Artist in Residence, Jennifer performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra at the Steamboat Springs Music Festival. She was a section member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a substitute with the Phoenix Symphony. She represented British Columbia with her chamber ensemble and won various awards and prizes at the Canadian Nationals Music Competition. Jennifer served as faculty and instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Cuyahoga Community College, and the ASU String Project. Passionate about giving back, Jennifer volunteers in her community, including United Sound, which provides musical experiences for students with special needs.

Son is an alumna of the prestigious Vancouver Academy of Music where she began her cello studies at the age of six with Audrey Nodwell. Receiving her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with their top scholarship award, she completed her Master’s of Music degree in cello performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jennifer spent a year at the University of Nebraska studying with Gregory Beaver, where she was appointed as the Hixson-Lied graduate fellow as well as the chamber music outreach coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Arizona State University under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Landschoot where she also serves as a teaching assistant. Recent winner of ASU’s concerto competition, Jennifer will be playing the Korngold Cello concerto with the ASU symphony on November 8th at the Gammage auditorium. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tanya L. Carey and Dr. Melissa Kraut. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, including her dog and cat named Forrest and Dodo.

"Jennifer was an attentive, skilled and encouraging cello teacher for my twelve-year-old daughter. She communicated with us in a timely and professional manner and developed a strong rapport with her student. Jennifer truly inspired my daughter to strive for proper technique and emotional expression in her playing. We were very pleased with our experience."

Lindsey P.  (parent)

"Jen is a great player and phenomenal teacher. I went to her having never held a bow before and I was playing through simple pieces within a few weeks. She also has a great way of gauging exactly where her students are at and helping them on their musical journey. Highly recommended!!"

Nic P. (student)

"Jennifer has been incredibly helpful in my growth as a musician. Not only is she so knowledgeable in her craft, but she makes you feel comfortable enough to really focus on the art. She is very responsive to any questions or concerns I have, and is also punctual and focused during our lessons. She really cares about each of her students. I have seen my own personal improvement with the cello, which, in my opinion is such an incredibly beautiful instrument. I highly recommend Jennifer to anyone, of any age, who is interested in learning the cello."

Jennifer L. (student)