Iris Shepherd is a 13-year-old violinist from Henry, Tennessee. Under the tutelage of Connie Heard at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, she is a recipient of the prestigious Myra Jackson Blair scholarship. As winner of the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition, Iris made her solo orchestral debut with the Georgia Philharmonic in 2018. Later that year, she soloed with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra as a participant in the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. Most recently Iris was a prize winner in the 2019 Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra - Youth Concerto Competition. Iris won the junior strings divisions of the 2019 Tennessee American String Teachers Association (ASTA) competition, the Tennessee state and southern region of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) competitions and will compete in MTNA’s National finals in Spokane Washington. Iris has served as concertmaster of various community and festival orchestras and is a member of Vanderbilt’s Curb Youth Symphony. She will solo with the orchestra in May 2019.
October 12, 2019 7:30PM, October 13, 2019 4:00Pm