Sydney Whipple is native of Oakland, California. She is a current student of Carol Rodland at The Juilliard School where she is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Sydney began lessons on the violin at age 5 and switched to the viola when she was 10. She spent her freshman year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy as a student of Renée Skerik, and the rest of her high school years studying under Dimitri Murrath at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program. She has won top prizes at the Cal ASTA and Northern California Viola Society solo competitions. Sydney also has an interest in neuroscience and is studying how music relates to the brain and cultivates empathy.