Violinist Brenna Elise Crowgey is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory, studying under Victor Brown Endowed Chair in Violin and Associate Professor of Violin Akemi Takayama, M.M., concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Crowgey has performed in an array of ensembles and music groups including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Loudoun Choral, and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. She has studied under world-renowned conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, conductor; Shenandoah Conservatory Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting Jan Wagner, Diploma and Korrepetitions Praxis, Academy of Music in Vienna (Austria); Nadège Foofat; José-Louis Novo; and Grant Cooper to name a few. Crowgey also has a passion for chamber music and she is constantly looking for opportunities to grow her experience and repertoire. Highlights of pieces she has worked on include the Beethoven’s Septet, Brahms’ G Minor Piano Quartet, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, and Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 3, op. 97. At Eastern Music Festival in 2018, she performed the Greensboro, North Carolina, premiere of Bruch’s String Octet, and was also awarded an honorable mention in the festival’s international concerto competition. She has participated in solo masterclasses with Midori, Eric Silberger and Bradley Moore, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet. She has performed a special appearance presenting Russell Peterson’s trio for violin, alto saxophone and piano at Evermay Estate in Washington, D.C., as a part of the 2019 Fall Evermay Concert Series.
Other than studying and performing, Crowgey loves to share her passion by teaching violin students of all ages. Teaching is not only a passion, but also a vocation that keeps her fresh and always exposed to new perspectives. Since the COVID-19 crisis, she has been keeping busy by recording music videos, live concerts and teaching online lessons. Although she misses performing live with orchestra and chamber groups, she is excited by the opportunity to creatively incorporate collaboration even through unexpected circumstances.
Crowgey is fortunate to perform using an Italian violin provided by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation.