Jeffrey Dortch, Associate Concertmaster

dortchAssociate Concertmaster Jeffrey Dortch is a graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he studied with violinist/conductor Pamela Gearhart. Mr. Dortch also attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where his teacher was noted violinist Sylvia Rosenberg. He has also worked with well-known Israeli violinist Yair Kless and with Henry Rubin.

While at Ithaca College, Mr. Dortch was one of a select group of students to perform in a master class by world-renowned violinist Kyung-Wha Chung. He was concertmaster of the Ithaca College Orchestra.

Mr. Dortch was concertmaster of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons, appearing as guest soloist in 1986 and 1990. He performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra in 1996 and 1998. He also frequently performs with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in Virginia, New York and Alabama. A prominent teacher, Mr. Dortch is a member of the music faculty of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and maintains a large class of private students.

When not involved in musical activities, Mr. Dortch is an avid gardener with a special interest in wild flowers and their not-too-distant domestic relatives. He also reads a wide range of literature including classic fiction, theology, composers’ biographies, and, of course, gardening books. A fitness buff, Mr. Dortch enjoys swimming, running and weight lifting.