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PASKER, Bridget

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PASKER, Bridget. (Dubuque, IA-- ). A 2009 graduate of STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, Bridget won and placed in numerous competitions, including First Place in the ASTA Regional Competition, First, Second, and Third in the Dubuque Symphony Competition, and Third Place in the Des Moines Symphony Competition. She won the Judith Katz Memorial Scholarship from the Quad City Youth Symphony twice. (1)

Bridget attended at the Meadowmount School of Music for three summers and Credo Chamber Music at Oberlin for three summers. In 2011 she was a counselor at Credo. She also performed on the highly acclaimed Public Radio International program, "From the Top." Bridget was a part of the Dubuque Youth Symphony for many years, and as principal from 2003-2005. She was also principal of the Quad City Youth Symphony from 2007-2009 and participated in the Cedar Rapids Opera Orchestra in 2009. Bridget was Assistant Principal of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra during their 50th season (2008-2009). (2)

Bridget was accepted at the prestigious Julliard School to continue her study of cello performance with Bonnie Hampton. She was a soloist with the DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in 2011 and in 2012 returned to Dubuque to perform at the annual fundraising concert for the NORTHEAST IOWA SCHOOL OF MUSIC.

In 2014 Bridget accepted a full-tuition merit scholarship, $17,000 loan for housing, and Work-Study for both years for her MM at San Francisco Conservatory in California. (3) In March 2015 the Thalea String Quartet of which she was a member was named the San Francisco Conservatory Artists in Residence Quartet. This honor includes salary, housing, performances, and a Professional Studies Certificate. (4) In 2015 they were seeking performance contracts for the coming two years. They had performed together for two summers in Courmayeur, Italy, and worked with the Juilliard and Kronos String Quartets as well as the St. Lawrence, Ives, and Alexander Quartets. (5)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJByGsAtoU4 Julliard recital




1. "Bridget Pasker," Zoominfo.com Online: http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Bridget-Pasker/533143790

2. Ibid.

3. Voight, Sandye. "Julliard in June," Telegraph Herald, May 29, 2012

4. Mark and Amy Pasker. E-mail. March 6, 2015

5. Ibid.