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ANASTASIA “An Yá” YARBROUGH is an emerging young jazz violist and singer based in Asheville, NC. The Memphis-native has been performing for over twenty years. At age 17, she was awarded a grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Currently, she is an active contribution to the Western North Carolina jazz scene as one of the few jazz violists. She performs with Michael Jefry Stevens’ Mountain Chamber Jazz Ensemble and the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. She has performed in workshops and master classes led by renowned jazz violinists and violists such as Regina Carter, Mads Tolling, and Matt Maneri. She attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop and performed at the 2015 Stanford Jazz Festival.
In addition to jazz, An Yá performs regularly with the Asheville Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony, and Brevard Philharmonic. She has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Germantown Symphony, Fletcher Opera Institute, Blue Ridge Orchestra, and the Master Players Festival Orchestra. In high school, she toured Europe with the Memphis Youth Symphony. She was a member of the residential Giannini Quartet at the UNC School of the Arts. She performed in master classes led by Kim Kashkashian, Ludwig Schmalhofer, Karen Ritscher, Jennifer Thompson of the Daedalus Quartet, and Sean Lee. She has performed at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, the Stevens Center for Performing Arts, and New York Live Arts.
An Yá holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Sociology from the University of Vermont, where she was a McNair Scholar and researched grassland songbird dialects, wildlife behavior, and animals and society. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She studied viola with Lila Brown and Sheila Browne.
When she is not doing music, she actively pursues her interests in animal advocacy and animal behavior. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and cat in Asheville, NC.