Vernon Summers was born in Roanoke, Virginia. Upon graduation from high school, he was awarded the Susan Horton Scholarship and attended The Philadelphia Music Academy. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute and subsequently earned his Master of Music degree from Catholic University. His most important teachers were Jani Szanto, Robert Gerle, and former National Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster William Steck. Mr. Summers has always been active in chamber music, playing in small ensembles throughout the U.S. Before joining the National Symphony Orchestra in 1974, Mr. Summers was a member of the Air Force Orchestra. He has been a frequentemperformer in the National Symphony Orchestra's Prelude Concerts, in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, and at the Rockville Jewish Community Center. He has frequently performed in education programs and concerts for students with special needs through the NSO American Residencies for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Summers has appeared as soloist with the Roanoke Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Players, the USAF Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.