Violinist Beth Youngblood is Concertmaster of the Symphony of the Southwest, and a versatile performer throughout the Phoenix area as a classical violinist and fiddler with a love for Bluegrass, Celtic, and Old-Time fiddling.
Beth grew up in rural Oregon and began taking violin and fiddle lessons when she was six years old. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she studied with Charles Gray. During her time at St. Olaf she toured the U.S. and Norway with the St. Olaf Orchestra, and played in the annual “Christmas at St. Olaf” production, broadcast yearly on PBS. Beth earned a Masters of Music degree from Arizona State University under violin Professor Danwen Jiang. In 2016, she completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at ASU. Her dissertation research focused on the groundbreaking stylistic elements of The Fiddle Concerto, a three-movement piece for solo fiddle and orchestra by renowned fiddler/composer Mark O’Connor. Prior to moving to Arizona, Beth taught and freelanced in Central Illinois and played with the Quad Cities Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Peoria Symphony, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.
Beth lives in Mesa with her husband and their cat, Boo Boo.