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B. Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
M.Mus., New England Conservatory of Musicon)
A Crowden School alumnus and former student of Anne Crowden, Jory Fankuchen is quickly building a reputation as both performer and teacher in the Bay Area. Jory’s musical studies include a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Ian Swensen, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Lucy Chapman. An avid chamber musician, Jory has performed in concert with artists such as Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Sokol, and Ian Swensen. As first violinist of the Kailas String Quartet, Mr. Fankuchen performed throughout North America, winning first prize in the Chamber Music International Competition, and silver at the National Fischoff Competition. Founded in 2005, the Kailas held a two-year residency at Rice University, where they worked closely with faculty Norman Fischer, James Dunham and Kenneth Goldsmith.
Since returning to the Bay Area in 2007, Jory has performed with many chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the Del Sol Quartet, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Berkeley Symphony. As a member of the Classical Revolution, Mr. Fankuchen performs weekly in unconventional venues such as clubs and art houses, bringing classical music to a new and vibrant audience. Not only a performer, Jory has always had a passion for teaching and sharing musical ideas. He has taught privately and at many schools, including the San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory Department, and most recently at Marin Academy, the Crowden School, and PACO Music Camp. Jory is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the Crowden School, to be reunited with the place that nurtured his love for music, and to have the opportunity to share that teaching with a new generation of young students.