New England Conservatory
Kevonna Shuford is a young, vibrant, enthusiastic violist who has a passion for learning.
She is serious about her endeavors and seeks opportunities to grow in her talents. Kevonna is
a past semi-finalist in the Sphinx Concerto Competition, 2nd Prize winner of the International
Gershwin Young Artist Competition and 1st Prize winner of the FMEA Chamber Music
Competition. Her enthusiasm for learning has led her to the Meadowmount School of Music,
where she studied under Patricia McCarty, Ivan Zenaty, Steven Rochen, Jonathan Koh and
Walter Schwede. Now a graduate of A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (class of 2016), she
studied with Laurice Buckton, a former principal violist for the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.
She continues to excel musically and has served as principal and assistance principal violist
for the 2013-2016 Florida All-State Orchestras. She was apart of the New York String
Orchestra Seminar 2015 performing with artist such as Emanual Ax, and Jinjoo Cho in
Carnegie Hall under the baton of Jaime Laredo. Other summer opportunities have included a
European tour with the National Youth Orchestra USA under the baton of Velary Gergiev and
Christoph Eschenbach and ENCORE Chamber Music. Kevonna has had the opportunity to
play in masterclasses for artist such as Kim Kashkashian, Jupiter String Quartet, Jinjoo Cho,
Paul Katz, Dimitri Murrath, and Clive Greensmith. While Kevonna is eager to learn, she also
believes in the importance of outreach and encouraging the next generation of musicians,
because of this she has a CPP Fellowship at the New England Conservatory where she shares
her talent with grade schools in the Boston area. Kevonna also gives back to her community
by serving alongside Kim Kashkashian as a Core Concert Manager for Music For Food in
Boston. Kevonna is currently a student of Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory.