Ms. Augusta Jane McKay Lodge
EARLY MUSIC AFFILIATION(S)Music School (Student)
A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Augusta Jane is an emerging baroque and classical/modern violinist. At the age of 22, she has performed internationally as both a soloist and orchestral musician.
She was winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition, and semifinalist in the 2014 Musica Antiqua International Competition in Bruges, Belgium. In the upcoming season she will perform at Juilliard under directors Robert Mealy, Jordi Savall, William Christie, and many more.
Augusta holds a B.M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She will begin studies at The Juilliard School in the Fall of 2015 for baroque violin, as proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
In the 2015-2016 season, Augusta will performed as concerto soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, with the Bach A minor Violin Concerto.
In the 2011-2012 season, Augusta performed in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with her Oberlin based baroque ensemble, and at the Boston Early Music Festival. That same year she held Principal second violin in the Sweelinck Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam) under the baton of Teunis van der Zwart, and assistant concertmaster in the Nederlands Student Orkeston their 2012 European tour, playing in such venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Augusta performs as an apprentice with Apollo's Fire and has collaborated on stage with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra during their Winter Institute. She was invited to play in a Tafelmusik masterclass for renowned violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch.
On modern violin she has worked under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, James Gaffigan, David Zinman, and Robert Spano.
Augusta holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in violin performance, with a minor in historical performance, graduating at age 19 with honors (Pi Kappa Lambda Society). Her principal teachers were Milan Vitek (modern violin) and Marilyn McDonald (baroque violin). She then pursued her Masters of Music in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Alexander Kerr and Stanley Ritchie. She spent an exchange semester in 2011-12 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Johannes Leertouwer and Sophie Gent. Currently Augusta studies at The Juilliard School.
She began her violin studies at the age of three with the Suzuki Violin School Method, continuing her studies in Moscow, Russia at the age of 12 with Zoya Makhtina of the Moscow Central Special Music School. Throughout her childhood, Augusta studied privately with Gregory Fulkerson and Almita and Roland Vamos.