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Nancy Coade Eldridge

First Violin
Nancy Coade Eldridge

Nancy Coade Eldridge has been a member of the first violin section of Pacific Symphony since 1996. She has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific, as well as recorded for the motion picture industry in Los Angeles. Summers have been spent at various summer music festivals including the Oregon Coast Music Festival and the Cascade Festival in Oregon, and the Utah Festival Opera Company.

Teaching is an important facet of Eldridge’s career. She maintains a private violin and viola studio in addition to teaching in the Symphony’s elementary school music outreach programs called Class Act and Santa Ana Strings. She also coaches sectionals for Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Eldridge grew up in San Diego, Calif., the third of three musical sisters who began playing violin in the local Suzuki program. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, and her principal teachers include Renata Knific, Marilyn McDonald, Sally Thomas and Joyce Robbins.