Jeanette Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2005. She has performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and New Zealand Symphony. Before moving to Vancouver, she was the principal clarinetist in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina) where she was first featured as a soloist in her second month with the orchestra. Prior to that, she performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington and was also a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. For several summers, Ms. Jonquil was the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder. She has also performed at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival, Blueridge Festival, Quadra Island Chamber Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. As a student, she attended the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Festival USA, Chautauqua Music Festival in New York and was a fellow at Tanglewood where she was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize for most outstanding woodwind playing.
Ms. Jonquil is originally from Utica, New York where she began playing the clarinet in her school band program. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from Yale University. Her primary teachers were Russell Dagon and David Shifrin. Some of her other accomplishments include winning the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Woodwind Playing (both at Yale) and winning first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles.