Dana Bevard is a Maryland-based performer, teacher, and collaborator. She began piano at the age of five and violin at the age of eight, learning first through the Suzuki method before attending the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, MD. She earned a Bachelors of Music from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Music from Florida State University, where she held a graduate assistantship under Corinne Stillwell.
Dana has previously held positions with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Currently, she is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra where she sits Associate Principal 2nd Violin, York Symphony Orchestra, and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Dana has performed in a variety of chamber settings including piano trio, flute quartet, string quartet, and a mixed new music ensemble for the 19th Biennial Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, FL. Most recently, she gave a solo recital to benefit the Annapolis Pregnancy Clinic, which provides free medical and mental health resources to expecting mothers. Together with pianist Sarah Young, they raised over $1700 for the clinic.
Her principal teachers include Corinne Stillwell, David Salness, and Ivan Stefanovic. She has also received orchestral training from David Kim, the Concertmaster of Philadelphia Orchestra, and Lisa-Beth Lambert of National Symphony. In her free time, Dana enjoys producing and filming educational videos for her YouTube series on Black composers and is passionate about promoting music by women and people of color.