The Parlok, Knoxville, TN

Meade Armstrong

Instruments Taught: 
violin/fiddle
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Meade’s passion for violin began at the age of six, when she happened upon an old fiddle in her mom’s closet. Her first lessons were with a student of Shinichi Suzuki, Knoxville Symphony Principal Violinist Mary Ann Fennell. Subsequent classical studies were with world-renowned Oistrakh-trained Mark Zelmanovich and UT Professor Miroslav Hristov. With a depth of training in classical violin and a more recently acquired love of folk and old-time music traditions, Meade is a thoughtful, committed teacher and an innovative performer.

Meade’s collegiate study of music was completed at the University of Tennessee (with full scholarship), where she served as Opera Ensemble Concertmaster. Her interest in teaching led her to complete certification to teach Suzuki Violin Books 1 through 4.   Additional studies were accomplished at the internationally-recognized Orford Music Academy in Québec, Canada and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, where she earned a place in the top chamber ensemble. A highlight of her workshop training was her participation in the recording of the world premiere of Harry Reser’s Banjo Concerto at the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Previously, Meade played in every pre-collegiate Knoxville Orchestral ensemble, serving as concertmaster in the Youth Chamber Orchestra and a Principal member in the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra. Meade has remained committed to the youth orchestra programs both as an orchestral coach and as a performer in concerts.

While her rigorous formal training has included lots of Bach, Mozart, and Dvorák, Meade found herself yearning for what she calls “that raw, unadulterated sound of the fiddle.” An interest in this beautiful, inimitable sound coincided with the founding of her band, Red Shoes and Rosin. As a founding member of this group, she has performed at many venues in the southeast, including Knoxville’s Bijou Theater, opening for the Wood Brothers. Also at the Bijiou, she performed with Trampled by Turtles as part of a backing string quartet, and can be seen often in her hometown of Knoxville both with RSAR and in other collaborations. 

As a teacher, Meade believes that the study of an instrument encompasses many areas of personal growth, and is not limited to musical development. Her goal as a teacher is to help each student realize his/her potential and, most importantly, know the joy that comes through making music. Through this process, Meade seeks to develop her students’ self-esteem, confidence, self-discipline, community connection, determination, resolution to try difficult things, creative sense, and, of course, an appreciation for all kinds of music.

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