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Jessica Troy, Viola

Jessica Troy

Jessica Troy, a native New Yorker, wears a wide variety of freelance hats. As violist of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble since 1998 she has toured extensively, from Moscow, Idaho to Moscow, Russia, appeared at illustrious festivals around the world, including the Casals, Sydney, and Mostly Mozart Festivals, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma across the US and Japan. On the baroque viola she has performed with many chamber ensembles, including the Dodd String Quartet, 4×4 Baroque, Four Nations, Rebel, and the Dryden Ensemble, is the principal violist of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Opera Lafayette, has played principal with the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and the Washington Bach Consort, and, a fun feather in this cap, appeared with Renee Fleming on the David Letterman Show. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Westchester Philharmonic, and performs frequently with many other area ensembles, including the New York City Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and American Composers Orchestra. Wearing a hat of a different color, she has recorded quartet parts for Lou Reed, Ani DiFranco, and Charming Hostess, and with her cohorts from those projects performed on screen with David Byrne in “This Must Be The Place,” starring Sean Penn. She has seized the stage from Toronto to Lima with the East Village Opera Company, a rock group, and performed on their 2008 Grammy-nominated CD. A participant at many illustrious music festivals, including Prussia Cove, Tanglewood, Spoleto, and Marlboro, she can be heard on Marlboro’s 50th anniversary CD in a live performance of Gyorgy Kurtag’s Microludes for string quartet, which she prepared with the composer. She has also been known to draw, and recently self-published an alphabet book – for more information.