Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia Member: 2002
Anna Genest is a passionate chamber music enthusiast, performing regularly with the Florida Chamber Music Project. Annual trips to Wyoming are also central to her musical life, where she is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I have been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 2002. Originally from Canada, I came to Jacksonville from the New World Symphony in Miami, which is the country’s premier training orchestra. It is also where I met my husband, who is the violin professor at UNF. We have two elementary school-aged children and a cairn terrier. They are the center of our lives. Each morning, all of us walk to the kids’ school in Riverside where I have been passionate about renovating and landscaping our century-old home.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Every summer, we load our household into our small car and drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I, and my husband, play in the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. This is an opportunity to play alongside some of the country’s finest musicians and provides more musical inspiration than I can possibly describe. One of my greatest joys closer to home is playing String Quartets with the Florida Chamber Music Project at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. I truly delight in crafting polished performances and making music among friends.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am raising two young children and I enjoy grooming, training, walking and playing with my two cairn terriers. I also spend quite a bit of time working around my garden and home. It was built in 1912. I have endless projects and appreciate how easy it is, in the age of the internet, to learn new skills when things need fixing.
Bachelor of Music, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Master of Music from The Julliard School, studying with Sally Thomas.