Posting Date: January 19, 2011
Meet Jarred Cook: A Love for Music
By Brian Tucker and Scott Singleton
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Jarred Cook has been playing the violin since he was in third grade. Originally from New Jersey, the freshman music performance major is glad to now call Georgia and Kennesaw State University his home.
Jarred picked KSU for a few simple reasons. “It’s not huge, and it’s just a great place to be. The School of Music makes you work hard. Just be ready to work hard when you get here,” he shares matter-of-factly.
“My creativity and my determination to be a good violinist are what brought me to this point,” explains Jarred. “I’m a music major because I’m doing what I love, and getting to do it every day is great.”
Jarred, who is a recipient of the RKL Foundation scholarship, is quick to cite his stand-out violin performance thus far: a high school recital where he played the Bruch Violin Concerto. “I really felt good about that recital, and it was the culmination of many private lessons,” he explains.
Jarred also recently traveled to China with the KSU Orchestra for a three-concert tour. During the trip, Jarred performed in new concert halls, interacted with other music students and visited historic locations. “The trip was a great experience. I learned about many of the places we visited in textbooks, and I got to see them in real life,” he explains.
Helen Kim, KSU assistant professor of violin, shares, “Jarred is a promising talent in the freshman class. What makes Jarred unique is his keen ear for beauty in his listening. He possesses a beautiful tone quality and his sincere interest in the music makes our lessons together a pleasure.”
As for future plans and goals, Jarred says, “I want to teach music, particularly violin. I’d like to teach at the collegiate level one day, but I wouldn’t mind starting small and working my way up from there.”