Lexi Terrian- violinist
Lexi Terrian, a Kalamazoo local, began playing the violin when she was in elementary school. She initially studied privately with Phil Marsceau, and later continued her studies with Mark Portolese at the Crescendo Academy of Music through the remainder of her secondary education. Soon after, she started 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, she was nominated at All-State Solo and Ensemble to attend the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in 2016 where she was given the Distinguished Scholar Award. Lexi has been teaching violin and viola with the Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center since its genesis in 2016. Recently, she has taken on more responsibilities as the Project Manager. She is a lead instructor with Kalamazoo Kids in Tune and the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, as well as having her own private studio. Lexi’s passion is teaching with different outreach programs in the greater Kalamazoo area.
Lexi began her collegiate violin studies with established performer Renata Knific and has continued to take lessons from her as she is preparing for her graduate studies. At WMU, she was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, where she sat as associate principal in both the first and second violin sections. She was also a member in several chamber groups throughout her time in the program, as well as performed solo repertoire. Lexi has also performed with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and enjoyed being a member of pit orchestras across Southwest Michigan.
She concluded her undergraduate studies in May 2021 and received her Bachelor’s in Music for Performance Violin. Lexi is currently in the process of searching for graduate programs and hopes to continue her studies with violin and pedagogy, as well as to further develop her teaching and performing career for many years to come.