Judith Insell, a champion for musical diversity and music education advocacy.
Judith Insell, a New York native, has been an active member of the New York jazz, classical, and pop scene since the mid nineties. Violist can play anything!
Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Antonio Hart, and Miguel Zenon are just a few of the many jazz greats with whom Ms. Insell has had the pleasure of performing and recording. She has performed throughout the eastern United States with the chamber jazz string group “Sojourner.” As a founding member of “Sojourner,” Ms. Insell has not only explored self expression through improvisation, she has also ventured into the realm of composition with the title track of the group’s CD “Journey” and arranging such standards as Thelonious Monk’s “I Mean You.”
Her debut CD, "Dark Wood Explorations," a duo project with acclaimed jazz bassist Joe Fonda, wasreleased in September 2008. Continuing her pursuit of creativity, Ms. Insell has recently formed a collective with Virg Dzurinko (piano), Eli Asher(trumpet), & Leonid Galaganov(drums/percussion), provocatively name “Jump Off This Bridge” and she previously collaborated with Reut Regev(trombone) & Tomas Ulrich(cello) in the “Twisted Standard Trio.”
Ms. Insell has also had an active career on the “pop” music scene performing and recording with artists Beyonce Knowles, India.Arie, Jessica Simpson, and “Joe.” As a member of the “Soldier String Quartet,” she was on an extensive world tour with rock legend John Cale throughout the nineties.
She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the National Chorale Orchestra and is currently a member of the Greenwich Symphony. She has performed in the Broadway Orchestras for Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Edition), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Gypsy, Ms. Saigon, Tommy, Carousel, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
As an educator and administrator, Ms. Insell is currently the Director of Curriculum and Artist Development for the Bronx Arts Ensemble and was formerly a member of the Juilliard School's "Educational Outreach Team," serving as a mentor and consultant to the Morse Teaching Fellows. She previously held the position of Director of the School for Performing Arts at Bronx House, Director of Music at The Harlem School of the Arts, Assistant Director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College The New School for Music, Director of the String Program at The Collegiate School, Director of the String Program at The Juilliard School- MAP Program and Director of the String Program at The Bloomingdale School of Music. She also completed 1-year association with "Education Through Music,” as a Teaching Artist.
Ms. Insell has also been a contributing writer for All About Jazz – NY since January 2006.
Judith attended the Manhattan School of Music where she was classically trained: receiving both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees.