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Malinda McPherson, Viola

Malinda McPherson

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Malinda McPherson, 20, is a Johns Hopkins University sophomore majoring in Cognitive Science. A Boston native, Ms. McPherson began studying violin at age 8 with Marta Zurad, and at age fourteen became a viola student of Boston Symphony Orchestra violist Patricia McCarty. She currently studies with Victoria Chiang of The Peabody Institute, and is a member of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. McPherson has received the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, and her chamber groups were selected to perform in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 New England Conservatory Chamber Music Galas in Boston's Jordan Hall. As a member of the The Greenmeadow Quartet, she won an honorable mention in the collegiate division of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. Ms. McPherson has performed as a guest artist with the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble and the Lexington Pops Chorus. In 2009, she was the First Place winner of the Walden Chamber Players Young Artist Competition. Her concert with the Walden Chamber Players was considered a "Weekend Best Bet" by the Boston Globe. Ms. McPherson has attended numerous summer festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music (2007, 2008, 2009), the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy (2010) and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival (2010, 2011).

Ms. McPherson is a member of the Hopkins Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team and is a rock climbing leader with Hopkins Outdoor Pursuits.

April 22, 2012