Jenna Nelson began playing violin with a Youth Orchestra and Symphony program in Bremerton, Washington when she was eight years old. She moved to Douglas County when she was 15, and quickly became integrated with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra and Roseburg Chamber Orchestra. Besides performing, she also assisted with teaching and coaching duties within DCYO.
Jenna graduated in 2011 from Umpqua Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in music, and won the Douglas County Young Soloist competition that same year. She has received further training from University of Oregon in Suzuki Pedagogy, and other training workshops. She has been teaching string instruments for nine years, and performs with the Roseburg Chamber Orchestra and at other venues in the area.
Cellist Elizabeth Gergel maintains a thriving and multi-faceted career of teaching, performing and community outreach. Elizabeth is passionate about increasing accessibility to arts education, especially to underserved communities. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon, serving as Personnel Manager for the University Symphony Orchestra and as chamber music coach for the Community Music Institute. Elizabeth launched the cello program at the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy and serves as cello instructor for the Douglas County Youth Orchestras in Roseburg, Oregon. She holds a section cello position with the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon, and also plays with the Oregon State University Symphony. Elizabeth is a substitute cellist for the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina and a Minor in Music Entrepreneurship. She graduated summa cum laude from the South Carolina Honors College. While in South Carolina, Elizabeth performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony in Georgia, the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the Fayetteville Symphony in North Carolina. She maintained a private studio while serving on the faculties of the Palmetto Center for the Arts, the USC Suzuki Strings Program and the USC Community Music School. Working with author and thought-leader David Cutler, Elizabeth worked on a grant to develop a summer arts camp in rural South Carolina. Since moving to Eugene, Oregon, Elizabeth has discovered a passion for climbing mountains and has run her first marathon. This summer she will complete teacher training in Suzuki Books 8, 9 and 10 in Chicago with Dr. Tanya Carey.