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Abigail Potts

Abigail Potts graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in the Fall of 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Abi started playing classical piano at age seven and the violin at age tenstudying with Clare Adkins Cason, Mary Alice Rich and Daphne Volle. Her teachers have also included Sherry Kloss, Claire Hodgkins and Elaine Skorodin all of which were students of the famous Jascha Heifetz.  In High-School Abi was the Concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic for the 2007-2008 season.  She won First Place in the Concerto Competition and made her solo performance in the Fall of 2008 at the MeyersonSymphonyCenter with the Philharmonic Orchestra.   In 2010, Abi won First Place in the Hubbard Chamber Music Festival, placed third in the 2010 Dallas Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition and was concertmaster at Idyllwild Music Festival and the All-State String Orchestra in 2009.  In the Fall of 2010, Abi won first place in the SMU Undergraduate Concerto Competition. She performed Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michelle Merrill in January 2011.  In 2011, Abi was the recipient of the Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship. She performed for the Texas Association of Music Schools annual conference in Austin, Texas in January of 2012. 

Currently, Abigail performs with numerous chamber and orchestra groups including the Plano, Irving, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras. Apart from the Classical side, she enjoys freelancing and improvisation, which has been developed through playing in her church’s worship band at the Oaks Fellowship. Abi has participated in live recordings with Christian Pop Artists Shane and Shane and Clayton Brooks recording the albums Lift Up the Light (2010) and Live From Seven Camp (2014). She records regularly in Dallas recording studios. She has enjoyed backing a variety of artists, some of which include Diana Ross, Ben Folds, Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, Andres Diaz, Chee-Yun Kim, and Natalie MacMaster.  Besides performing, Abi teaches violin and piano in Dallas and in other towns near her hometown, Prairieville Texas. 

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