Jonita Aadland has been a professional violinist/fiddler since 1988 when she was recruited by Disney to perform at the Norway Pavilion at EPCOT. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 1993 having also attended Iowa State University, receiving an Associate of Arts degree from Valencia Community College, and also studied World Arts and Cultures and Music Education at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. She regularly supplied various World Music acts for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL as a producer and leader/front musician of Celtic, Norwegian, Country, and French bands at EPCOT from 2000 to the present. She also performs regularly at other local Orlando venues such as SeaWorld, Portofino Hotel at Universal, Ritz Carlton and Gaylord Hotels, as well as numerous conventions and weddings in the area.
Jonita performed regularly with her friend, and legendary guitarist, Chet Atkins during her time living in Nashville during the 1990s. She also created and produced several large fiddle contests across the country and fiddle camps, promoting traditional fiddling. Jonita grew up in Iowa and spent her teenage years as a competitor at national fiddle championships and is a passionate scholar of Texas and contest fiddle styles, as well as European styles, especially Scandinavian. Her true calling is to teach young people the joy of music and to play the violin, through the Suzuki method, and also expanding their horizons to other styles of the violin.
Jonita is has been an instructor of violin at Osceola County Schools in Florida with PreK students ages 4 &5 since 2010. She also teaches at the Foreign Language Immersion School in Celebration, Florida as well as Creation Kids Village and Ladybird Academy and has numerous private students, some of whom are members of the Florida Youth Symphony. She completed her Book 1 and 2 Suzuki violin training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute with Charles Krigbaum in June 2015 and Book 3 at the Florida Music Institute in 2016 with Anna Montzka-Smelser.
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