Jen Weiss – Viola/Violin

Jennifer Weiss is a professional music educator and Viola player. She is a native of Fairfax County, having attended schools in the Centreville High School pyramid.

Mrs. Weiss graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While at George Mason, she was Principal Violist of the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, and was vice president of the college chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Mrs. Weiss studied privately with Edwin Johansson, Ramon Scavelli, and Philippe Chao, all whom have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, and/or National Opera Orchestra.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Mrs. Weiss continued her music studies at Arizona State University where she earned a Master’s degree in Viola Performance. While at Arizona State, she performed as the principal violist in both the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra.  She further participated in the String Quartet Program where she was coached by the members of the Juilliard String Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. She concurrently studied privately with Nancy Buck.

Mrs. Weiss has performed with the American Pops Orchestra, and was requested to perform with the Phoenix Symphony. Mrs. Weiss is happily married and enjoys going to symphony concerts, rock shows, baseball games, soccer games, and cooking with her husband James.

James Weiss – Bass/Cello

James Weiss began his studies in bass in Hicksville, New York. There he performed in several prestigious orchestras, including the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Nassau Pops Orchestra. He earned his Bachelors of Music Education at George Mason University, studying under Glenn Denny. He performed in the Symphony Orchestra, and in the small Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Weiss currently teaches at Garfield High School in Prince William County Public Schools and has a large Private Studio. Mr. Weiss has a wide knowledge of classical chamber works and is an avid fiddle-band musician.