Alexis Terrian, a Kalamazoo local, began playing the violin when she was ten years old. She began studying privately when she turned thirteen under the tutelage of Phil Marsceau. Laater she studied with Mark Portolese at the Crescendo Academy of Music, and began her orchestral career in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra where she was a member of the KJSO String Quartet during her senior year. In her junior year at Loy Norrix High School (2016), she performed in the All-State Solo and Ensemble to at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival where she was given the Distinguished Scholar Award.
Terrian began studying with Renata Knific in the spring of 2018. She continues her studies with David Lisker. At WMU, she was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, sitting as associate principal in both first and second violin sections. She graduated from WMU in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance Violin. Alexis is in the process of searching for graduate programs and hopes to broaden her studies with violin and pedagogy.
She has a passion for outreach and teaching youth. She currently shares her talents with Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, as well as having her own small private studio.