Letitia Jap, violinist, enjoys a career as a performer and educator. She finds most joy using music to connect with people and makes it her life mission to create programs or platforms that will help people engage with music in fun and accessible ways.
Winning numerous concerto competitions, Letitia has been a featured soloist with orchestras like the Seattle Symphony, Austin Civic Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed solo recitals at festivals such as the Chelsea Music Festival, Lake George Music Festival, and the 21st Century Artist Initiative.
Additionally, Letitia has served as concertmaster with the Seoul International Community Orchestra in 2017, the Boston Chamber Orchestra from 2015-2016, Masterworks Music Festival in 2013, and various other orchestras since 2008. She also performed with orchestras such as Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Masterworks Festival Orchestra.
Letitia also maintains an active schedule as an educator, hoping to inspire the next generation of musicians. Her experience draws on years spent teaching at the University of Texas String Project Program in Austin, Texas and at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, Massachusetts. In Boston, she was an ensemble coach for the Greater Boston Asian American Symphony Orchestra and served on faculty for Youth and Family Enrichment Services Inc., teaching music to children from a lower-income, Haitian community. Letitia was Head Chamber Ensemble Coach at the University of Rochester, held two teaching assistant positions at the Eastman School of Music, faculty at the Eastman Community Music School, and was Music History Lecturer at Nazareth College. She is currently Affiliate Professor of Violin at Grand Valley State University.
Letitia received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing on her ukulele, eating good food, and exploring different cities.