India Cooke

India Cooke, violinist, composer and educator, plays a wide range of music from classical to jazz. India has performed in San Francisco Bay Area symphony and opera orchestras, chamber ensembles, and Broadway shows. As one of California's most respected contract artists, she has performed as featured soloist with Joe Williams and the Louie Bellson Orchestra, and has played with Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and many others. Her continuing jazz and improvisation experiences include performances with Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros and many others. As an educator, Ms. Cooke was an Artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts, and currently teaches at the San Francisco Community Music Center, Mills College and at her private studio. She conducts lecture/performances in Bay Area public schools, colleges, and other educational programs.

37.8336281, -122.2029832

Oakland, CA (94611)

Full Name:
India Cooke
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Institutional Affiliation:

Mills College;

San Francisco Community Music Center;

Oakland Public Conservatory

Music Styles:
Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Fiddle
Instrument/Voice Types Taught:
Violin, Viola, Piano
Age Ranges:
Middle School
High School
7 and up

North Carolina School of the Arts - Bachelor of Music
(now University of North Carolina School of the Arts);

University of Michigan - Master of Music

Years Teaching:
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Teaching Method:

Galamian, Rolland, Suzuki (repertoire only)

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