Christa Muller Hendricks
Christa Muller Hendricks holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance, cum laude, from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School. She is currently a member of the Suzuki Violin faculty at the Northampton Community Music Center and the Western MA Summer Suzuki Academy. Christa is a member of the SAA, the MA: Suzuki Association, and the American String Teachers Association. Her students have participated in the Springfield Youth Sinfonia, the MA Suzuki Festival, the Ogontz Suzuki Institute, UMass String Day, Live Arts Magazine, the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, 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. She has played professionally for the Miami Bach Society, the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra, Mark O’Connor, and the Valley Rock Choir.
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.
In 2014, 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. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she completed long-term teacher training in Suzuki Units 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point via video conferencing technology. In Summer 2015, Christa registered a post-Book 8 Supplemental course with Kimberly Meier-Simms at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute, thanks to generous funding from both the Northampton Community Music Foundation and the Suzuki Association of Massachusetts.
In her spare time, Christa writes about Suzuki teaching and learning in her blog, The Little Green Worm (https://littlegreenworm.wordpress.com).