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Equally passionate about performance and teaching, Arizona native Ava Wipff enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, student, and teacher. Ava works as a teaching assistant for the Tetra String Quartet at their Chamber Music Institute, the southwest’s premier afterschool chamber music program, and has taught private violin lessons for five years. She was recently invited as a guest teaching artist at Snowflake High School where she gave seminars on efficient practice, life as a musician, and violin technique.


In 2019, Ava attended the Brevard Music Festival, where she served as Principal Second and performed in a masterclass with the Shanghai Quartet. She has spent the last four summers at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Green Lake Festival of Music. In August of 2023, she won her first orchestral audition and became a contracted member of the Arizona Philharmonic. Ava enjoys gig life in Arizona, and has performed with the Grammy award winning Phoenix Chorale, Element Ensembles, the Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet with Rainer Krenstetter, Michael Bublé, and Smokey Robinson.


During her time at ASU, Ava has served as Assistant Principal for Rite of Spring and The Rake’s Progress, and was one of three violinists selected for Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, a multimedia collaborative performance with composer Vijay Iyer and percussionist Ches Smith. In Summer of 2024, she will be a Counselor at the Meadowmount School of Music and study under Paul Kantor and Janet Sung. Ava enjoys cooking, baking, and the company of her family dogs, Opal and Daisy. She is a current student of Dr. Katie McLin.

“Ms. Wipff’s teaching has been the step I needed to continue with my violin journey. I had only one teacher previously who I disliked so much I gave them up and never went back to lessons for four years. When I started back, Ms. Wipff gave me foundational critiques that caused near instantaneous changes in how I sound and felt with the instrument and through my persistence, her support, and a healthy level of difficulty from the assigned repertoire, I am playing pieces I never thought I could at first.


William A. (student)

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