“pure and shimmering tone”
American violinist, vocalist and arranger Audrey Hayes is a sought-after concert performer known for her “pure and shimmering tone”, “fiery playing” and “soulful musicianship.” As a violinist, she has been a featured, onstage soloist in multiple Broadway productions (Chicago, the Musical and A Christmas Carol) and has made solo guest appearances with the Litha Symphony, Island Symphony Orchestra, Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra and the New Tide Orquestra. She is currently a member in the Radio City Orchestra and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and she is the concertmaster of the festival orchestra, Litha Symphony. Based in NYC, she has toured with classical ensembles such as Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, Contemporaneous, and has performed with APEX Ensemble (formerly known as Montclair Symphony), Westchester Philharmonic and Symphony in C.
In venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre, Steinway Hall and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she has performed extensively with a variety of artists including Troye Sivan, Dianna Agron of “Glee”, Streetlight Manifesto and collaborated with Baz Luhrmann at the Met Gala in 2019.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hayes has been the recipient of multiple scholarships, grants and fellowships including the Donald E. Reade performance Scholarship from Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, the Nanovic International Travel Grant in her studies of Sibelius. She was the concertmaster of the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra for four years. Festival appearances include Kneisel Hall, Crested Butte Music Festival and many many more.
In addition to her performing career, she is a highly in-demand studio musician featured in the score of Academy-Award winning film, “Everywhere, Everything, All at Once” and has appeared on the albums of Vulfpeck, Al Verdine (of the Beach Boys) and hip hop artist, Sir the Baptist, to name a few. As a vocalist, Ms. Hayes sings and writes her own music, sings with jazz and classical ensembles, has a performance duo with singer-songwriter, Gracie Terzian, and is a member of the acapella group, The New York Belles. (Please see vocalist bio)
Ms. Hayes holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy and a degree in violin performance. Teachers include Stefan Jackiw, Tricia Park, Patinka Kopec, Liz Chang and Candace Goetz (voice). Born into an artistic family, Ms. Hayes started playing the violin at the age of four and studied at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College in both violin performance and vocal performance. She plays a 1922 Josef Schönbach fiddle.