Avery Pettigrew, a freelance musician engaged throughout the DC area and a regular member of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, is the MSO's featured soloist for Musical Morsels on March 4, 2017. She is performing James Beckel's horn concerto The Glass Bead Game.
Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew is a freelance musician engaged throughout the DC area. She performs regularly with her chamber ensemble Potomac Winds, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac, Washington Sinfonietta, and the HUB Opera Ensemble. As a student with Samantha La Pointe-Woolf at Tulane University in New Orleans, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
At Tulane she was not only a member of the university's orchestra and chamber ensembles, but also of the Tulane Jazz Orchestra, which performed annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. While in New Orleans, Dr. Pettigrew played with the British Brass Band of Louisiana, which shared concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr. Pettigrew earned both her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she held a performance-based graduate assistantship as a student of Gregory Miller and Phil Munds. Her summers have entailed engagements at various festivals including the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute. In addition to operating a private studio based in Chantilly, Dr. Pettigrew works as a horn instructor with several schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties in Virginia.