Ann Shiau Tenney
Violinist Ann Shiau Tenney has been a member of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony since 1994. In addition to her post in the first violin section of the orchestra, she also freelances. Tenney received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka. She was a recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship as well as other awards. Her Master of Music degree was obtained at Yale University under the tutelage of Sidney Harth. While studying at Yale, she was also Assistant Principal Second Violin in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A native of Needham, MA, Tenney began her violin studies at the age of 7. She was in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) and was appointed Concertmaster during her last two years. Her solo appearances include the Esplanade and Harvard's Sanders Theater with BYSO under the direction of Eiji Oue. Tenney's awards include fellowships to Tanglewood and the Great Woods Festival, Second Place in the Harry Dubbs Competition and the recipient of the Robert Hardt Award. Tenney has coached chamber music at University of California Irvine and has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions and auditions on the West Coast. Tenney maintains a private teaching studio and coaches for JCM, as well as serving as String Chair for the Irvine MTAC.