Betsy Federman


Betsy Federman may have grown up in New Jersey but she’s been part of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1994.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I grew up in New Jersey. I graduated from Indiana University. My mother was a Julliard-trained pianist. Without early exposure to music, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
I enjoy learning new songs by ear on the guitar and traveling. NYC is a favorite destination.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
I enjoy making music in any circumstance, but the participation of the audience in a live performance, when we experience the music together, is always the most rewarding.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
No organized sports, but I enjoy beach walks.

Who is your favorite composer?
I appreciate many different composers, from Bach to Debussy and Prokofiev.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Lots of different music. Joni Mitchell, Jack Johnson and other singer-songwriters.

Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University while studying with Distinguished Professor Janos Starker.