Infatuated with the record player and radio as a wee lass, Jonelle constantly listened to music. Her love of music grew when she began orchestra in elementary school and later developed into a Bachelor of Music; Music Education degree. During college she fell in love with percussion instruments and in addition to her violin studies, enjoyed playing in the University Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Marching Band. She interviewed with the educational, cultural, and international performing arts organization Up With People and upon acceptance began a world tour performing in Australia, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental United States. This led her to travel more of the world and study multiple subjects including religions, metaphysics, and child development. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Educator and is known for her patience, gentleness, and dedication to young musicians. She has maintained a private studio for over 20 years, and is the violin teacher for the ‘Just For Kids’ High Mountain Strings program in McCall and Cascade. Her performing experience includes professional and community orchestras, small ensembles, festivals, and gigging string quartets. She volunteers each year for Boise Music Week and Hymns of Thanksgiving, events that are free to the public. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and fur babies.
*Special thanks to her local music teachers whose influence, encouragement, and support will always be remembered; Dale Ball, Shirley Madsen, John Hamilton, Leah Telford, Mel Shelton, David Wells, Harriet Dean, Craig Purdy, John Baldwin, Marcellus Brown, Bill Wharton, and Dan Stern.
‘Just For Kids’ High Mountain Strings Violin Program
Private Violin Teacher (early childhood to pre-collegiate)
Boise ∙ McCall ∙ Cascade