Jessica Garand

Jessica Garand

Expertise: Violin

A versatile performer and music advocate, Jessica Garand is passionate about engaging society through music. She is the founder and executive director of Opportunity Music Project.

Jessica Garand enjoys being an active volunteer in the Montreal and New York City scenes, performing at benefit galas, retirement residences, hospitals, and homeless shelters and has been featured in the Globe and Mail’s column “Action Figure” and has been awarded the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, the Juilliard School Jonathan Madrigano Entrepreneurship Grant, and the Canadian Millennium Scholarship in recognition of her ongoing passion to serve the community through music.

Jessica Garand has performed throughout both North and South America and Europe. Jessica began playing the viola at the Montreal Music Conservatory and has since completed her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal under the tutelage of André Roy, and received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She studied with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet.

A prizewinner at the Montreal Classical Music Festival, Jessica Garand has been a finalist at the Canadian Music Competition and won First Prize at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Competition.

In 2011, Jessica Garand had the opportunity to serve as principal violist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar with performances in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Jaime Laredo. Jessica Garand has also been a member of the New York City Symphony, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, performing in venues including the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She was a member of the Juilliard Symphony and in this capacity has worked with the distinguished conductors Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Jessica Garand is dedicated to the promotion of new music, an interest that has brought her to Carnegie Hall’s Japan NYC Festival, the Focus! Festival, and Summergarden with the New Juilliard Ensemble.

Jessica Garand is grateful for the support she has received from many generous patrons and foundations including the C. & B. Cohen Scholarship, the A.H. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship, and the Irene Diamond Fellowship.