Ava Pacheco

Ava P.

Boulder, CO
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Ages 3 to 18 and special needs

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A native of Houston, Texas, violinist Ava Pacheco is a Boulder-based performer, collaborator, and teacher. She holds a Master of Music in violin from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance from Truman State University. As an active performer, Ava has been involved in solo, orchestral, and chamber ensemble performances across the United States and Italy, including performances at Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Leavenworth, Washington and the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy.

Recent solo engagements have included Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto with the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute Young Artists as well as Eugene Ysayë’s Solo Sonata No. 2. In the fall of 2018, Ava was named a semi-finalist in University of Colorado Boulder’s Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Competition. While at Truman State University, Ava was a two-time Gold Medal Competition finalist on concerti by Kabalevsky and Shostakovich. She has performed in master classes for artists such as Anne Akiko Meyers, Stephen Rose, Altius String Quartet, and Alberto Bologni.

Most recent chamber performances have featured Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins as well as Granados’ Piano Quintet in G minor alongside members of the Volta Piano Trio and Avalon String Quartet. As an orchestral musician, she has regularly played as a member of the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale. Ava currently serves as the associate principal second violinist of the Boulder Symphony Orchestra and assistant concert master of the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Ava is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Colorado Boulder under the tutelage of former Takács Quartet member Karoly Schranz. Her previous teachers include Harumi Rhodes, Sam McClure, Julie Lundgren, and Kathy Karpicke.

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Associate Principal Second Violin
Jul 2017 - Present
Boulder Symphony Orchestra

Private Violin Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present

Alumni Guest Artist
Jan 2019 - Feb 2019
Truman State University

Guest artist residency at Truman State University. Coached TSU’s President’a String Quartet, taught master class with violin & viola studio, & presented solo recital.

First violinist & Quartet manager
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Truman State University President's String Quartet


Doctor of Musical Arts
Aug 2017 - Present
University of Colorado-Boulder
Master of Music-Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017
University of Colorado-Boulder
Bachelor of Music-Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Truman State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Competition Semi-Finalist
Nov 2018
University of Colorado-Boulder
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music: Performance
Apr 2015
Truman State University
Gold Medal Concerto Competition Finalist
Nov 2014
Truman State University


American String Teachers Association
Sep 2015

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2012

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

Mythes,  op. 30 - Karol Szymanowski

DMA solo recital
Vivaldi Spring 

Performed with Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute Young Artists, July 21, 2018
Performing Ravel's Tzigane with pianist Andrew Packard.
Photo by Ava P.

Performing for Anne Akiko Meyers in a master class at CU-Boulder in February 2016.

Photo by Ava P.

Performing String Quartet No. 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich with the President's String Quartet, Spring 2015

After a great recital with the President's String Quartet in Lucca, Italy!

With the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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Sarah Dec 1, 2017
Viola · In studio


Jennifer Jun 11, 2017
Violin · In home

My 9 year old says, "She's awesome. She will help you if you are stuck."
I say that Ava is always on time and very accommodating. We have had to change our schedule a few times, but we have always found a way to make lesson time work. Thank you!

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