Bio

Dr. Jacqueline Schmidt is a professional performing artist and music instructor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Besides maintaining an active concert schedule as a free-lance orchestral performer, Dr. Schmidt runs an outstanding string studio. 

Previously she taught at Concordia University where she was the Director of String ensemble, in addition to teaching viola and violin.

She is an exceptional instructor of violin and viola students ranging from young children through adults, beginner through advanced. She is a registered Suzuki teacher with outstanding experience in teaching both groups and individuals. Her students have gone on to win contests, scholarships, and been selected for Portland Youth Philharmonic.

As an performer,Dr. Schmidt has broad experience, ranging from the orchestral stage to the Las Vegas strip to the ballet pit orchestra. Her resume includes Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Corvallis Symphony, the Eugene Opera, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad-Cities Symphony, and, as Principal Violist with the Oskaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed with some of the world’s top artists, including Yo-Yo MaJoshua Bell, Persian pop star DariushSharon Isbin, Van Cliburn, PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele), Christian Lindberg,  and NY Philharmonic concertmaster Glen Dicterow.

During her tenure with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Schmidt performed the West Coast premieres of works by John Corigliano (Oscar-winning composer of “The Red Violin”), John Adams, and Aaron Jay Kernis.Recordings she has performed on include: former Miss America Katie Harman’s “Soul of Love,” MAH Records; Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics,” Naxos; Mason Williams’ “Electrical Gas“, Skookum Records; and Seraphim’s “God is Our Friend“, Gentle Spirit Music.

Jacqueline Schmidt was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts (viola performance) from the University of Oregon, completing her degree in only three years while holding a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Iowa where she served as Viola Teaching Assistant. In addition, she held the position of Principal Viola in the UI Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She also performed with the Center for New Music, giving the Midwest premiere of Paul Richards’ “Viola Variations.” She completed her Bachelor of Music degree (Viola Performance), graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University, where she was on full scholarship.

Her principal viola teachers include: Leslie Straka, Joel Belgique, Brian Quincey, Christine Rutledge, Alice Preves, and J.J. Swift.