Everett High School student Jennifer Riche was one of a select group of musicians chosen to participate in this year’s Northeastern District Senior Music Festival, held January 12 at Lowell High School.
Riche was one of 450 students selected to participate from an original pool of more than 1,100 musicians from more than 50 public and private high schools from across the state. Under the direction of guest conductors, the students rehearsed for 10 hours over two days in preparation for the concert.
Riche is an accomplished violinist whose family moved to Everett following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of 2010. She started her musical career at age 8 with Clemene Semerant at the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinite (Holy Trinity Music School) in Haiti. Her first solo with orchestra was in 2006 at the age of 10. By the age of 13, she was performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto. Riche was the youngest member of the Haitian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Riche’s music career has continued to flourish in the United States and at Everett High School (EHS). She is a member of Project Step, a program for young musicians located at Boston Symphony Orchestra, which has exposed her to world-class teachers and conductors. At EHS, she has received the Everett High School Orchestra Award and the Everett High School Recital Award (twice). She has also performed with the EHS Vocal Ensemble.
Riche is currently the Concertmaster of the Community Music Center Chamber Orchestra, as well as a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She also teaches at the musical organization YOFES (Youth and Family Enrichment Services Inc.).