Our Violin, Viola, & Cello Educators Idaho Music Academy

Jennifer Fife

Violin and Viola

Jennifer Fife has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for 17 years and has made Idaho Music Academy home to her studio since it opened in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and has worked with artists such as Jim Cockey, Josh Groban, and Moody Blues, and has performed for The Producers, Gianni Schicci, Madame Butterfly, Our Town, La Fille du Regiment, Annie Get Your Gun, the Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Brigadoon, and many more. She is a freelance musician with Opera Idaho, Boise Music Week, McCall Chamber Orchestra and Cathedral of the Rockies. As the owner and principal violinist of Silhouette String Ensemble, she performs regularly for events throughout the Treasure Valley and the state of Idaho.

Throughout her membership in the National Federation of Music Clubs she has held the offices of National Crusade for Strings Chairman, Idaho Federation of Music Clubs State President, Awards Chairman, Composition Chairman, and currently serves the Boise Tuesday Musicale as the local Crusade for Strings Chairman. Her students earn top honors in their school orchestras and regularly achieve Superior ratings at Festivals and perform in the Youth Symphony and Honor Orchestras.

Jennifer loves to teach all levels – from first-time beginner to advanced – and stresses the love of music through practice, theory, technique, solos, and concert attendance.

Melissa Wilson


Obtaining a Bachelors in Music Performance in 2008 and a Masters in Cello Pedagogy in 2012, Melissa has enjoyed performing around the globe, and teaching in her private studio for over 15 years. As a teacher, Melissa wants the time spent with her students each week to be fun and engaging, fostering independence, self awareness, and help build a skill set tailored to each individual student’s learning style. She has gone on various Northwest U.S. tours, and finished a European tour with songwriter and author Nick Jaina in March of 2015. Melissa is honored to have performed and collaborated with various artists and projects like Music from the Fringe, Kurva Choir, Off Center Dance Project, Thomas Paul, Heidi Kraay, Steve Fulton, Serenata Orchestra, Homegrown Theater, and Silhouette String Ensemble. This spring she looks forward to performing with her friends in the Treefort Music Festival, and Story Story Night.

When Melissa isn’t playing or teaching music, she is working with the Boise Philharmonic as their Operations manager, running in the foothills, tending a vegetable garden, trading stories with dear friends and family, cross stitching, or taking a catnap.

Ava Camilo


Ava Camilo is a cellist at Boise State University seeking her BA in Music Performance. She began her studies with Nancy B. Wilson, and currently studies with Dr. Brian Hodges. In her first year at Boise State, she won the BSU Concerto-Aria competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with Boise State University Symphony. In Summer 2017 she received a fellowship to attend the Marrowstone Music Festival in affiliation with the Seattle Symphony, and in 2018 she attended the International Cello Institute in Minnesota.

Ava has been principal cellist of the Boise State Symphony, Idaho All-State Honor Orchestra, and Boise Youth Philharmonic. She has had the opportunity to work with esteemed cellists such as Mark Kosower, Anthony Ross, Myron Lutzke, and Silver Ainomäe.

Ava has a passion for teaching students from all ages and skill levels, from kids to adults and beginning to advanced students. She works with each student’s unique needs to help develop practice strategies tailored to their individual learning styles.