Jeanette Jonquil, Principal Clarinet

Robert G. and Suzanne Brodie Chair

Jenny Jonquil has been the principal clarinetist of the VSO since 2005. She was previously the principal clarinetist of the Charleston Symphony and a member of the Milwaukee Symphony. She has performed as guest principal with the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

For several summers, Ms. Jonquil was the principal clarinetist of the Colorado Music Festival. In BC, she has performed at the Pender Harbour, Blueridge, and Quadra Island Festivals. She has attended the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Chautauqua Festival in New York, Spoleto Festival USA, and was a fellow at Tanglewood where she was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Playing.

Ms. Jonquil attended Northwestern University (BM) and Yale University (MM). Her primary teachers were Russell Dagon and David Shifrin. While at Yale, her quintet was the first prize winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition (LA) and she was the winner of both the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Nyfenger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Woodwind Playing.