Christopher A. Sforza is a musician and educator originally from Watertown, Connecticut. Before joining the faculty of Pittsburgh-based Center for Young Musicians, he spent seven years living in Ithaca NY, where he received his B.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College. Christopher’s educational philosophy focuses on bringing people together through music and the arts. He is passionate about empowering students of all ages through his teaching and exposing students to a variety of music from a diverse cultural and stylistic background.
In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Christopher is also an active performer. During his time at Ithaca College he regularly performed with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and numerous chamber music ensembles. His primary violin teachers at Ithaca included Nicholas DiEugenio and Susan Waterbury. Christopher studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel and received short-term training from Edward Kreitman and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
In his spare time, Christopher enjoys composing and arranging music. He feels strongly about working with living composers and the importance of performing new music in addition to the standard classical repertoire. He has had the opportunity to work with contemporary composers such as Michael Gandolfi, Melinda Wagner, Steven Mackey, and the late Steven Stucky.
When Christopher is not with violin in hand, he loves going to the farmer’s market and buying vegetables for a new recipe.