Violinist Blanche Darr grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and has been studying violin since age nine. She has been involved with the Musical Mentorship Initiative since Fall 2020 and has been a co-leader since Fall 2021. An avid chamber music lover, Blanche has studied at Aria International Summer Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Encore Chamber Music’s String Quartet Intensive and Summer Academy. She studies with Carmit Zori at Bard College and Conservatory, where she double majors in anthropology. In her spare time, she loves thrift shopping, petting cats, and drinking coffee.