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Ann Shiau Tenney


First Violin
Ann Shiau Tenney

Violinist Ann Shiau Tenney has been a member of Pacific Symphony in Orange County since 1994. In addition to her post in the first violin section of the orchestra, she also freelances in Southern California. Tenney received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with both Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka. She was a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship as well as other numerous awards and scholarships. Her Master of Music degree was obtained at Yale University under the tutelage of Sidney Harth. While studying at Yale, she was also assistant principal second violin in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A native of Needham, MA, Tenney began her violin studies at the age of 7. For seven years, she was in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO) and was appointed concertmaster during her last two years. Her solo appearances include the Esplanade and Harvard's Sanders Theater with GBYSO under the direction of Eiji Oue. Tenney's awards include fellowships to Tanglewood and the Great Woods Festival, second place in the Harry Dubbs Competition and the Robert Hardt Award. Tenney maintains a private teaching studio and coaches for Junior Chamber Music, as well as serving as String Chair for the Music Teachers' Association of California, Irvine Branch.