Ava Cosse’ is a 14 year-old who began playing the violin at 2 ½ years of age. She currently studies with Mrs. Medea Guldedava. Ava is currently a freshman at J. Frank Dobie High School, where she plays and performs with the Chamber Varsity Orchestra under the direction of Angela Badon, Stephen Payne and Tam Duong. This past summer Ava was one of twenty-nine students admitted to the esteemed Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While attending SPA she studied with Grammy-nominated violinist Jannina Nortpoth and Assistant Concert-master of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jessica Jinyeong. Ava has also participated in the American Festival of the Arts (AFA) Summer Music Festival. She consistently receives superior ratings at Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble contests and has also consecutively earned positions in the TMEA Region 19 Orchestra since 2017. Ava is an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She is also the recipient of the Dreamer Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant awarded through the Black Violin Foundation, Inc. When she is not practicing she enjoys spending time with her family, composing her own original music, crafting, doubles tennis, basketball, and spoiling her dog Fermata with treats.