Louise Jaffe

Louise received a Master of Music Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. At Eastman she studied viola with Heidi Castleman, and chamber music with members of the Cleveland String Quartet. At PCPA she studied violin with Charles Castleman, and viola with Patynka Kopec. Other notable musicians with whom she has worked include Donald Weilerstein, Mitchell Stern, Edgar Ortenberg, and Abram Loft.

She began her performing career as violist with the Shelbourne and Cascade Quartets in Great Falls, MT. Since then she has performed in numerous chamber recitals in the United States and abroad, including concerts in Zurich, Bern, Boltigen, and Castasegna, Switzerland.

Louise is a founding member of the Elysian Camerata and performs with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble, the New Bridge Ensemble (Switzerland), Chadds Ford Strings, the Wilmington String Ensemble, and ViVaCe Strings. Other ensembles with whom she has performed include the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony and Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

Louise’s other love is teaching violin and viola. She maintains an active teaching studio, working with children and adults of all ages.

She spends her summers at Vermont Music and Arts Center, where she serves as faculty violist. She coaches and performs with other faculty musicians, as well as with adult non-professional musicians who are passionate about chamber music.

Kind Words

Friday evening’s performance…by the members of the Fairmount String Quartet was splendid…the playing was expert to the point of perfection.

Michael Caruso, Chestnut Hill Local

From more classical music to fun contemporary songs, Fairmount Strings knocked it out of the park.

Alison F., bride

We are so grateful that Fairmount Strings made our wedding day vision come to life. 

Jocelyn G., bride

The quartet was magnificent and so very professional. One guest said the setting and the quartet made the ceremony storybook!

Joanne F., Bride

Last night the audience told you so well what I am trying to put into words now. Thank you for an unbelievably beautiful concert!

Alice Nugent, Candlelight Concerts at Laurel Hill

The beautiful sound of your music will stay with me always. It was simply stunning and made our day feel like a fairy tale.

Julie & Tom B., Bride and Groom

Adding to their laurels — professionalism, intuition and timeliness, we look forward to many future musical endeavors with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble.

Kevin O’Malia, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church of Germantown

I made a point of standing off to the side in the back of the church to listen. It was….well….perfection.

Chris C., Mother of the Bride

It is such a privilege to work with musicians of their caliber who are so genuinely committed to supporting the growth and development of our students.

Stephen Kushner, Director of Choral Music, Germantown Friends School

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your beautiful performance, which helped to make the vision and dream I had for my daughter’s wedding day come true.

Jeanne B., Mother of the Bride

They are wonderful musicians, easy to work with, and deliver performances of consistently high quality.

Clair Rozier, Director of Music, St. David’s Episcopal Church

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