Daphne Pickens has studied the violin at the Kanack School of Music for approximately sixteen years, and plans to pursue a career in music education. Daphne has served as concertmaster in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She won the RPYO concerto competition with the Scottish Fantasy by Bruch. She is classically trained by her mother, Alice Kanack, and was raised in a fiddling environment since the age of five. Daphne now teaches fiddle and violin at the Kanack School of Music. She is very involved in the rochester contradance community as a musician, and frequent dancer.