National Chamber Ensemble

Jennifer Ries (viola)

Violist, Jennifer Ries grew up in the D.C. area, and returned  in 2004 after playing with the Kansas City Symphony for nine years.  She received her Bachelors in Viola from the Oberlin Conservatory, and while studying there received three Tanglewood fellowships and an Aspen Orchestral fellowship, and played in the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in  1985 and 1986. Jennifer received her Masters in Chamber Music from the Chamber Music Center at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she played concerts regularly with the faculty, and guest artists such as Martha Katz, Peter Oundjian, Ian Swenson, Bonnie Hampton, and members of the San Francisco Symphony.  Upon graduation she played as rotating Principal Viola with the New World Symphony, where she won their concerto competition and performed with the orchestra. During her time in Kansas City, she received a one year position teaching viola at the University of Minnesota's School of music, where she also played with the Minnesota Orchestra.  She currently freelances and teaches in the D.C. area and performs with the Beau Soir Ensemble.