Autumn Brand is a classically trained violinist of 20+ years. She is also skilled by way of original composition, songwriting, pop music arrangement, teaching, performance, and improvisation.
Autumn is an award-winning composer, songwriter, and violinist. Currently, she plays violin, writes, and sings lead in the Raleigh based Americana band Sister Van Belle. In her last band, New Reveille, she was signed to the record label Loud & Proud where she recorded with grammy-winning producer Ben Fowler. She has won numerous awards for her musical talents including 1st place in the 2002 MENC’s national young composers award, 1st place in the 2015 Deep South Annual Open Mic Competition, 1st place in the 2006. WA State Solo & Ensemble Contest for violin solo and violin duet, the 2006 National Orchestra Person of the Year award, and 1st place in the 2016 national Shorty Award competition for her work in the band Season & Snare. She has been featured for her musical work in Rolling Stone, Billboard, CMT, WRAL, WUNC, WKNC, Periscope, News & Observer, INDY, Oak City Sessions, SOFAR Sound, Raleigh Television Network, and First Night Raleigh.
As well as being part of numerous ensembles Autumn studied Music Composition at Central Washington University after joining the Orange County HS of the Arts advanced instrumental music program where she performed for the OC Chamber Ensemble, String Ensemble, and performed with the IMSO under the baton of Christopher Russell. She has played in numerous honors orchestras since her youth, string orchestras, symphony orchestras, string quartets, trios, and duos. She has played violin with the Raleigh Civic Chamber Ensemble, the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and is the founder of Petals String Duo, and the Carolina String Society. She has studied with renown violinists Gene Wie of the Southern California Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster Carol Chung of the NC Opera and NC Symphony, and Callum Smart of The Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.