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Jeffrey Brannen

Jeffrey Brannen


Jeff Brannen has been a member of the KSO since 1997. He is also principal second violin of the

Symphony of the Mountains and a violinist and sometimes violist with the Oak

Ridge Symphony.


Jeff’s teachers include Eliot Chapo at Florida State University, Alan Bodman at the University of

Akron, and Mark Zelmanovich at the University of Tennessee. While studying at UT, Jeff was the

winner of the School of Music’s concerto competition. Jeff also has training playing the oboe,

percussion, timpani and bass guitar.


Jeff started playing the violin at age eight in his home town of Harvard, Massachusetts. While

still in elementary school, Jeff played in the high school string ensemble and by the sixth grade,

had joined The New England Youth Ensemble – a collegiate touring chamber orchestra based at

Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Mass. As a member of that ensemble, he participated in

performances all over New England, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, and Los

Angeles. As principal second violin of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony, his performances

included a tour of Japan with conductor Eiji Oue.