Jay Pun is a Charlottesville native who returned to the area in 2003 after graduating from Berklee College of Music (B.M. in Professional Music) in Boston. Jay's primary instrument is guitar and he regularly performs with violinist Morwenna Lasko as the duo “Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun.” The duo has shared shows with a variety of great musicians including Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Julian Lage, Vusi Mahlasela, Dave Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, Ralph Stanley, and have also played at many great venues and festivals such as The Kennedy Center, FloydFest, The Festy, Rockflies radio broadcast (Milan, Italy), Festival delle Colline, Musicastrada, and many others.
Mr. Pun is our Director of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diveristy, & Inclusion), a faculty committee that considers questions of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our classroom curriculum, summer reading, Ninth Week trips, interdisciplinary projects, and admissions.
In 2014, Mr. Pun composed and scored original music with Morwenna for a film funded by NASA called “The Birth of a Star and Her Entourage” which is shown in planetariums across the world. In 2015 Mr. Pun and Morwenna also released their highly anticipated CD, “The Hollow” internationally, coupled with a tour all over Italy, including Charlottesville's sister city, Poggio a Caiano.
Mr. Pun co-founded Fingerdance Studio with Morwenna, where they teach guitar, violin, viola, bass, songwriting, and music theory. Mr. Pun loves teaching music theory and performance at Renaissance School. In his other world, he helps run three restaurants with his family, Thai Cuisine & Noodle House, CHIMM, and CHIMM St. in Dairy Market. He also serves on the board of the Eko Ise Music Program Advisory Board at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.