The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service
Congratulations to the Marin Symphony’s Beth Vandervennet, one of five exemplary orchestra musicians selected to receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service! A League of American Orchestras program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. Beth and her fellow musicians are receiving their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016.
Elizabeth Vandervennet received a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan where she studied applied cello with Jeff Solow, Nina DeVeritch, and Jerome Jelinek. Upon graduation she received high honors in Music Theory as well as a Minor in Arts Administration. Her Master of Music in Cello Performance from Carnegie Mellon University was obtained under the guidance of Anne MartindaleWilliams, the Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Vandervennet currently lives in Oakland California as an active freelance musician, teacher, and advocate for arts education. She is a member of the Oakland Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, and Principal Cellist in Vallejo Symphony. Vandervennet’s chamber music posts include: cellist of Squid Inc, string quartet, and Rosin Coven, theatrical Pagan Lounge ensemble. In additional to teaching throughout the community of Oakland, she holds the post of Education Coordinator for the Oakland Symphony’s MUSE (MUSic for Excellence.) program.