Miss. Erin Braden

Violin Teacher

Erin Braden

SAA Member


South Pasadena, CA
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I recently graduated from the Strings and Orchestra Program at the California School of the Arts where I served as concertmaster and received the National School Orchestra Award. I applied to the undergraduate music program at the University of Utah and the Southern Utah University and was accepted to both schools with scholarships. I am planning to attend SUU this fall to study violin with Dr. Xun Sun. Besides playing the violin, I am also a pianist, artist, and dancer.

Music has always been a big part of my life growing up. From the young age of 2, I participated in the Kindermusik program and took several Orff Young Musicians’ classes. I learned to play the piano with my mom; and at 5, I joined Suzuki Talent Education in Pasadena, and started my private violin lesson with Ms. Liz Arbus who is an SAA Teacher Trainer. I was actively involved with all the Suzuki activities throughout my elementary years. I also have studied with the Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony Ms. Aimee Kreston, and Mr. Ho Fung who is the Music Director of Cal State L.A. I passed the California Certificate of Merit violin evaluation at the advanced level, as well as the CM piano evaluation Level 8 with 5+ perfect scores.

I am a frequent performer, whether it’s a theatrical/dance production or violin/piano performance. In the past 15 years, I had performed at venues like studio recitals, branch honors recitals, MTAC state conventions, festivals, auditions, competitions, charity, church events, and convalescent homes. I also enjoyed performing collaboratively with other musicians. My chamber music experience includes performing as a member of the string quartet at Colburn School, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Suzuki Summer Institute, BYU Young Musicians’ Summer Festival, and Lyceum Music Festival among others.