Violinist Jenny Grégoire is in her fifteenth season as concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony, under the direction of Scott Speck. Born in Québec, Canada, Ms. Grégoire began to play violin when she was five. At age six, she was admitted in the pre-college division of the Québec Music Conservatoire where she studied with Jean Angers and Liliane Garnier-Le Sage and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance and a minor in chamber music. Upon leaving Québec, Ms. Grégoire attended Northwestern University, where she received a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy with Dr. Myron Kartman. She was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons. Ms. Grégoire left Chicago to play one season with the New World Symphony, a professional training orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, in Miami, FL. The following year she was appointed concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Jenny Grégoire is extremely sought-after in the southeast, as she is also concertmaster of the Tuscaloosa and Meridian Symphony Orchestras.
In addition to her orchestral career, Ms. Grégoire remains active as a soloist and recitalist. She recently performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Huxford Orchestra of the University of Alabama and the Vivaldi “Autumn” Concerto with the Tuscaloosa Symphony. In 2006, she founded in collaboration with the pianist Konstantza Chernov the duo “Jouvence” and since then, the duo has performed in New York, Alabama and Mississippi. Ms. Grégoire can be heard on recording in “Snapshots” by Patrick Schulz, with her husband, euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman. In May 2016, she will perform The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.
Jenny Grégoire is also very involved as a teacher. She was recently appointed as the Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Alabama. In 2011, she was appointed on the faculty of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. In June 2016, Ms. Gregoire will begin her thirteenth season with the Eastern Music Festival, in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she plays in the faculty orchestra (as the assistant principal second violin), performs in the chamber music series and teaches violin and chamber music. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband Demondrae and their two children, Steffan and Emma.