JESSICA GARAND, violist, is a performer and passionate advocate for social innovation through music and is a recipient of the $10,000 McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Arts Education and Community Outreach. While a Masters student at the Juilliard School, she founded Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit providing free private lessons, instruments, and mentoring for under-served children in New York City. To help realize her mission, Jessica raised over $200,000 in funding, including $24,000 through crowd funding campaigns, the Juilliard School’s inaugural Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship grant, and grants from New York City, the Heineman Foundation and the D’Addario Foundation. Raised in Canada, Jessica was featured in The Globe and Mail, and was awarded the Canadian Millennium Scholarship for her ongoing commitment to the community. Jessica has also traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach master classes and give interactive community performances through Juilliard’s Global Outreach program.

Jessica has performed widely including venues such as Saturday Night Live, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has worked with distinguished conductors Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Jessica is passionate about chamber music and has performed with members of the Emerson Quartet, and has played at Carnegie Hall’s Japan NYC Festival, the Focus! Festival, and Summergarden with the New Juilliard Ensemble.

Jessica Garand is a graduate of McGill University, and the Juilliard School.