Violinist Jenna Barghouti joins the Dallas Symphony after four seasons with the Houston Symphony. Barghouti earned her undergraduate degree in violin performance from Indiana University with Professor Mimi Zweig. She continued her graduate studies at Indiana with Professor Jorja Fleezanis before moving to Houston to join the Houston Symphony in 2015. While pursuing her graduate diploma, she served as an associate instructor at Indiana Universityā€™s Pre-College String Academy, teaching students of all ages.
In her first year with the Houston Symphony, Barghouti served as a community-embedded musician (CEM). The CEM initiative was founded by the symphony in 2015 to better serve the musical needs of the Houston community. Through the program, Barghouti split her time between performing on stage with the Houston Symphony and visiting schools, neighborhoods, community centers, and healthcare settings. For the following three years, Barghouti played in the symphony full-time, but still enjoyed giving back to her community through teaching and performing.
A passionate chamber musician, Barghouti performed and competed with her quartet, The Azalea Quartet, all over the country. Azalea went on to receive the grand prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble competition. They are also winners of the Kuttner Quartet competition and the Beethoven House residency competition at Indiana University.
Barghouti is currently a substitute violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming and travelling with her husband, Adam.