Shana Bey has been playing the violin since the age of six. A native of Houston, TX, she attended some of the premier performing arts schools, including The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After graduating from high school, Bey continued to Loyola University New Orleans where she studied with Valerie Poullette and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. While at Loyola, Shana won the School of Music’s Concerto Competition and soloed with the Loyola University Symphony Orchestra. She was also the Concertmaster of the Loyola Symphony and Chamber Orchestras her Junior and Senior years. In 2009, Bey received a Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Eugene Gratovich.
Over the course of her career, she has performed in several masterclasses given by world-renowned musicians including Brian Lewis, Robert McDuffie, Roland and Almita Vamos, Donald Weilerstein and the Miro’ Quartet. She has also been fortunate to perform with numerous major symphonies and ensembles including, the Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Austin Pops Orchestra, and The Hollywood Concert Orchestra. In 2008, Bey auditioned for the Round Rock Symphony and was appointed the Symphony’s first Concertmaster. In August 2010 Shana auditioned for the Austin Symphony and won a violin position, joining the group in its Centennial Season!