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Ann Shiau Tenney

First Violin
Ann Shiau Tenney

Violinist Ann Shiau Tenney has been a member of Pacific Symphony since 1994. In addition to her post in the first violin section of the orchestra, she has played in a multitude of soundtracks and performed with other ensembles throughout Southern California such as, Opera Pacific, Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Opera and New West Symphony. You may even be able to spot her in an episode of "Alias."

Tenney received her Bachelor of Music 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 was obtained at Yale University under the tutelage of Sidney Harth. While studying at Yale, she served as assistant principal second violin in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She continued studies with Eudice Shapiro at the University of Southern California.

A native of Needham, Mass., Tenney began her violin studies at the age of 7. For seven years, she participated in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and was appointed concertmaster during her last two years. Her solo appearances include the Esplanade and Harvard's Sanders Theatre with BYSO 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.

As a member of American String Teachers’ Association and Music Teachers’ Association of California, Tenney maintains a private teaching studio and coaches for Junior Chamber Music. She currently serves as String Chair for the Music Teachers' Association of California, Irvine Branch.