Christa Muller Hendricks
Christa Muller Hendricks holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, cum laude, from The University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School, and will receive the Suzuki Association of the Americas Certificate of Achievement in May 2017. She is member of the Suzuki Violin faculty at the Northampton Community Music Center in western Massachusetts, runs her own private studio, and has also taught at the Western MA Summer Suzuki Academy. Christa is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is a board member and Western Massachusetts Liaison of the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts. Her students have participated in local and national events including the Springfield Youth Sinfonia, the MA:Suzuki Festival, the Ogontz Suzuki Institute, the Hartt Suzuki Institute, UMass String Day, the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Live Arts Magazine, and have been heard in live performance on WHMP radio.
Christa received the Bertha Foster Scholarship for Instrumental Performance from The Frost School, and was a winner of the Romani Scholarship for Strings at The Hartt School. Her principal teachers include Scott Flavin and Anton Miller, as well as masterclasses and chamber coachings with Kurt Nikkanen, Maria Schleuning, Marin Alsop, Renee Jolles, Phillip Ying, Janet Ying, and Carolyn Stuart. Summer festivals include Eastern Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, the Pine Mountain Festival’s Young Artist Residency (MI), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Christa has performed in a variety of chamber ensembles, and has been heard on National Public Radio.
As a student in the Hartt School’s prestigious Suzuki Pedagogy program, Christa was a graduate teaching assistant to Teri Einfeldt, and completed SAA long-term teacher training in Units 1-8. While at Hartt, Christa was also a substitute teacher at the Hartt School Community Division, as well as the manager of the Appoggiatura Suzuki Orchestra. She has received Suzuki teacher training from Michelle George, Teri Einfeldt, Edward Kreitman, Pat D’Ercole, and Kimberly Meier-Simms.
A strong proponent of continuing education, Christa completed a year-long teaching practicum with Pat D’Ercole in the Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program at The University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. In Spring 2017, she will complete a second complete course of long-term teacher training (Units 1-8) with Pat D’Ercole via Skype audit—becoming one of the most highly-educated Suzuki teachers in the country. Christa has been the recipient of generous funding for teacher training from the Northampton Community Music Foundation, the Aber Suzuki Foundation, and the MA:Suzuki Association.