Jake Copp is 18 years old and has been playing the cello since sixth grade when he started at the Cooperative Middle School string program with Jennifer Ramsay. Now a senior at Exeter High School, Jake has been studying with Dorothy Braker for 5 years. He has performed with the New Hampshire All-State Festival and Chamber Ensemble, is currently a member of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra cello section, and in 2019 was the first prize winner of the Cape Ann Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. Jake has also studied conducting with John Page, Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony, and has conducted the MyPSO youth orchestra and Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra. When not playing cello, Jake loves to play Minecraft and will be starting college this fall at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Computer Science.
I joined Stringendo to continue playing with the wonderful friends I’ve made in the area’s young musician community and to engage in making music during times when playing together with others has been difficult. In being part of Stringendo over the past year, I have enjoyed the unique and insightful workshops and activities, such as a lyric writing workshop and playing solos for the class, given by its instructors, Aubrie Dionne and Jonny Mok, and other guest speakers, and the comfortable learning atmosphere which they provide.