Jacob Burk
(He/Him) Music has been a part of my life for quite a long while, and I can't see how I could go on without it. My biggest passion is connecting music to the topics we deal with in real life, and hoping to help people find a voice that can express in ways our everyday language might not be able to.
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Virtu Foundation, Charlottesville, VA, USA

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Virtu Foundation, Charlottesville, VA, USA
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Jacob Burk

Music has been a part of Jacob’s life since the start. Though it was not until age 5 that he began his studies on viola. He is from Hurst, Texas where he began studying viola through the Suzuki program. Jacob took part in youth orchestras, viola ensembles, and performed at events such as the American Viola Society Festival at Oberlin and Suzuki Association of the Americas in Minneapolis through the HEB ISD Suzuki program. In his youth, he studied with Susan Pugh, Catherine Forbes, and Amy Tomlinson. Jacob was also a part of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for multiple years and attended TMEA All-State. In 2022, Jacob completed his undergraduate degree in viola performance on full scholarship at Texas Christian University studying under the direction of Dr. Misha Galaganov.

Currently, Jacob is pursuing a graduate degree in viola performance at the University of Delaware with an assistantship under the direction of Dr. Elias Goldstein.

Jacob maintains a studio of violinists and violists, frequently performs with various quartets, and was a part of regional symphonies throughout Texas. He has also had the opportunity to perform concerts with the Music for Food initiative as well as work with and learn from renowned artists such as Matthew Lipman, The Rolston Quartet, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Paul Silverthorne, and Rumen Cvetkov. Jacob also volunteered for the Through the Staff organization and teaches lessons to students who otherwise could not afford lessons.

Jacob has worked alongside Dr. Michael Schneider as a guest faculty artist for his Master the Music organization, and hopes to put together more musical events similar in the near future. He is also a Critic Award winner at the George Gershwin International Music Competition. Jacob is also a recent Virtu Foundation scholar, performing on a viola on loan from the organization. The viola is of late 19th or early 20th-century French origin bearing a facsimile label of Nestor Audinot dated 1890. Jacob has recently organized fundraising concerts, enjoys discovering new music for the viola, and has arranged/transposed music for the viola. He recently began exploring different areas of music: different instruments, producing electronic music, exploring different styles of viola playing, like jazz, and is growing to have an even more spiritual connection with music.



Irving, TX

Viola Section

2022 - Present


Special Skill

Early/Baroque Specialist

Jazz Viola




Higher Education