The Kennedy Center

Janet Perry



Biography

Born in Glendale, California, Janet Perry grew up surrounded by family music making. While Ms. Perry played her first violin concerti with the Highland Park Symphony, her father conducted, her brother played flute, and her mother managed the orchestra. Her father, Chester Perry, flutist with the John Philip Sousa Band during the mid 1920's, was the greatest influence on Ms. Perry's musical career. She studied at Occidental College and the University of Southern California, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She continued her music studies with Sascha Jacobsen and Gabor Rejto. She enjoyed the many opportunities for solo and ensemble work in California while concertmaster of the Riverside Symphony and as a member of the Felt String Quartet.

After moving to the Washington area Ms. Perry performed and toured with the Baltimore Symphony and taught at the Baltimore Conservatory Prep. She attended master classes with William Kroll and appeared in recital and quartet performances in Washington venues prior to auditioning with former Music Director Howard Mitchell and the NSO. A member of the NSO violin section since 1966, Ms. Perry continues her musical and artistic activities and serves the orchestra as an assistant to the Personal Manager.

Ms. Perry and her husband, Richard Smith, have established Glassmiths, an art glass studio in Falls Church, Va., where their reproductions of unusual musical impressions, scenes from their extensive NSO tours, biographical commissions and themes from nature are given life in stained glass and have won critical acclaim both here and in Europe.

February 2003
Janet Perry