November 17th: The Symphony Player

17 Nov

Portland State Music: 30 for the 30th


Name: Jennifer Roberts Yopp

Instrument: cello

Student of  Hamilton Cheifetz

B.M. 1989 Portland State University

Putting Music Forward

Plug the search terms Jenny Yopp and Portland State into Google and there are two people who come up.  One was the women’s basketball coach at PSU from 1996-1999.   The second is a cellist who was one of the first students to be awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State in 1989.  For the past twenty years this Jenny Yopp has been sharing the joy of music as performer and teacher in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It’s a small world…


Putting Skills to Work

In the late 1980’s Jennifer Roberts was a cello student of Hamilton Cheifetz.  An Oregon native who graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton, Jenny received her Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State in 1989.  After PSU she continued her studies with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold and Janos Starker at Indiana University where she was awarded a Master of Music degree in 1991.

Relocating to Colorado Springs, Jenny was a member of the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic from 1991 – 2008.  In 2008 she resigned in order to spend more time with family, but still performs frequently with the orchestra.  She is currently a member of the Hausmusik String Quartet of Colorado Springs.  She has been a member of the Sunriver Music Festival, and  a soloist with the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and numerous recital series.

Since 1992, Jenny has maintained a private teaching studio and been a frequent performer with various chamber music series around the region.


Adding Something Unique

In addition to her private teaching, Jenny  teaches at the Mission Arts Center in Colorado Springs, a place where people, especially children and youth, can explore their faith through creativity. The MAC welcomes all who seek to more thoroughly understand their souls through the arts. In its first two years the MAC has provided a safe place for over 200 students to discover their own spirituality through the disciplines and processes of creating art. 


What Has Your PSU Music Experience Meant to You?

“I am grateful to PSU for giving me so many wonderful opportunities as an undergraduate; not only did I have superb cello instruction from Hamilton, but also excellent  chamber music coaching with Carol Sindell and Harold Gray, theory classes with  Tomas Svoboda, and numerous opportunities to engage in music making with my peers within the university as well as within the city of Portland.”


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