Violinist Andréa Picard Boecker’s musical and social involvement has brought her to perform in the most diverse venues, from Carnegie Hall to the slums of Delhi, India. As a recitalist and chamber player, she has been heard in Italy, France, Hungary and across the United States and Canada. Picard Boecker currently plays with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber player, she frequently collaborates with colleagues and has toured Québec and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Her extensive teaching experience includes teaching violin and violin pedagogy at Susquehanna University and at the Stage Musical d’Été Vivaldi in France, as well as directing the Camp Musical de l’Estrie. She has been invited as a presenter at the American String Teacher’s Association’s (ASTA)National Conference and has served as chamber music faculty at the Peabody Conservatory as well as adjunct faculty at Towson University. Picard Boecker is currently violin faculty and director of the Young People’s String Program at the Peabody Preparatory. She also enjoys teaching every summer at the Camp Musical des Laurentides in Canada.
Originally from Québec, Picard Boecker earned the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal’s Prix with highest distinction in violin performance and chamber music. She received her Master of Music in violin performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the Josef Kaspar Award for Strings.
When she isn’t holding a violin, she enjoys discovering the world anew through the eyes of her young son and daughter, as well as exploring the outdoors with her husband.
The Young People’s String Program (YPSP) is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy.