Jorja Fleezanis

Jorja Fleezanis

Title: Faculty Member
Company: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Jorja Fleezanis, Faculty Member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

With nearly 45 years of professional experience, Ms. Fleezanis has been a faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2009. Prior to obtaining her current position, she was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and a concertmaster for the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009, having been acting concertmaster since 1988. From 1984 to 1995, she served as a violinist for the Fleezanis-Ohlsson-Grebanier Piano Trio, and from 1983 to 1980 she was a faculty member with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ms. Fleezanis was an associate concertmaster for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1989, where she was also the assistant principal second violinist from 1980 to 1981. She was the founder and concertmaster of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra from 1976 to 1980, simultaneously serving as a violinist for Trio D’Accordo. Earlier in her career, she was a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1975 to 1976. She has completed coursework with the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In addition to her primary roles, Ms. Fleezanis has been an active member of her community. As the founder of Chamber Music Sundaes and the American String Project, she was a radio host on the St. Paul Sunday Show on Minnesota Public Radio. A former visiting professor for Indiana University, she has acted as a guest concertmaster for a number of musical organizations, including the London Classical Players, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Throughout her career, Ms. Fleezanis has been recognized for her contributions, including having been recognized as the longest tenured concertmaster for the Minnesota Orchestra. The Cleveland Institute of Music named her a Distinguished Alumni, and she received an Honorary Doctorate from the New England Conservatory. She attributes much of her success to her husband, who was a music critic for the Boston Globe and helped her career as both a mentor and a writer.

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