Violin, Viola, Voice
Jillian began singing by ear at age 4 and playing the violin at age 7 under the direction of Helena Pakola. From there, Jillian took up performing in a number of different groups including The Singing Strings, The Sound of Strings, Range Country Show, East Range Community Orchestra & MN All-State Orchestra.
In 2003, Jillian went on to study music at St. Cloud State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006. During this time, she served as Concert Mistress of the St. Cloud State University and Chamber Orchestras and played with various orchestras in the St. Cloud area.
Jillian currently lives in Minneapolis where she performs in a variety of musical projects, including her namesake band, "Jillian Rae." Other projects include Corpse Reviver (early American folk, bluegrass), Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings (American roots music), Brian Just Band (60's baroque pop), Blackberry Brandy Boys (cosmic country covers), and The Fiddle Heirs (five fiddles and a bass). She also teaches private lessons at The Music Lab, a music school in South Minneapolis that she opened with her friend and colleague, Josie Just, in January 2011, and enjoys doing session and touring work with various local musicians.