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Christopher Scherer

Violin/Viola Instructor

Christopher Scherer was introduced to the violin at the age of eight and made his solo debut at the age of twelve playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the UAA Sinfonia. Since then he has performed across the United States and internationally in venues in Singapore, Canada, Qatar, and England. Chris has participated in numerous summer festivals including the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, The Icicle Creek Summer Music Festival, Marrowstone SummerMusic Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Banff Pre-formed chamber residency. He has played in masterclasses with artists such as Mathias Tacke, Pamela Frank, Jean Barr, Norman Fisher, Rodney Friend and Yuzuko Horigome. Chris has also won awards in competitions such as the Washington Idaho Symphony Young Artists Competition, Dorothy Van Waynen String Competition, and the Petri Scholarship Competition. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Wei He and received a Bachelor of Music at the University of Oregon studying with Fritz Gearhart. Chris recently received his Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University under the mentorship of Cyrus Forough. Currently Chris directs the String Ensemble Program at University High School, and serves as Director of United Conservatory.