Violist Jennifer Arnold is currently Artistic Advisor to the Richmond Symphony, a freelance musician and arts consultant living abroad in Taiwan with her husband through summer 2024. She recently departed her position as Director of Artistic Planning and Orchestral Operations with the Richmond Symphony (VA) after helping to successfully lead the orchestra safely through the ongoing pandemic, allowing for the orchestra to keep performing for the community. Jennifer is passionate about expanding the symphonic canon and focuses her artistic planning skills on creating opportunities for diverse voices to be publicly heard.
Prior to her appointment in RVA, she enjoyed 15 seasons as a violist with the Oregon Symphony in addition to serving as Director of Artistic Operations for 45th Parallel Universe in Portland, OR. Jennifer performs as a member of the Gateways Festival Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival and with string quartet, mousai REMIX. A highlight of her career, Jennifer finds immense joy in teaching each summer at the Sphinx Performance Academy for young Black and brown musicians ages 12 – 17. She is a founding member of Black Orchestral Network and holds memberships with ISBM, ASTA, SAA, AFM Local 99 and the Urban League. In her free time Jennifer enjoys volunteering, mentoring, languages, traveling, kdrama, and karaoke. Follow her on most platforms @24caratviola