Kaleigh Acord hails from Fairfax Station, VA, where she grew up studying equal measures of violin and viola. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music in December 2020 with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance. At UW, she was a student of Soh-Hyun Park Altino and a recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship. Kaleigh previously earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, as well as a Masters of Music and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. Her previous teachers include Violaine Melancon and Laura Bossert. Kaleigh served three years as teaching assistant for Ms. Bossert’s violin and viola studios at both Longy and Wellesley College. She has mentored through several El-Sistema-inspired string projects in the Boston area, served on the Young Artist faculty at Lyricafest Chamber Music Festival in Lincoln, MA, and has taught privately for over 10 years. Kaleigh aims to help her students cultivate trust in their own ability to tackle challenges, musical and otherwise.