Karis Crawford

Violin, Viola, Cello Teacher

Karis Crawford

SAA Member

Karis is a knowledgable, passionate and highly engaged musician with extensive experience teaching music in the United States and East Africa. She has been involved in many cross cultural musical activities in Nairobi, including the Nairobi Orchestra, Zeze Chamber Strings, and the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Orchestra. Karis has performed as a soloist in the United States, Europe, East Africa, and Central America. She hopes to continue to use her music teaching and performing abilities to further develop young musicians and leaders across the world.

Karis is currently involved with El Sistema, a unique education initiative that develops under-privileged communities through teaching music. It has been exceptionally successful in Latin America, where it has reached over 500,000 children, changing lives with limited resources. Karis has started her own project called El Sistema Kenya using the Suzuki Method in Nairobi, with a wider goal to scale the project to the rest of Kenya and East Africa in the next few years.

If you would like to support El Sistema Kenya’s initiative in the slums of Kenya, please contact Karis and check out our website and our Facebook page for more information. We are always looking for more instruments, books, accessories and links to potential funders and anything that you can contribute is very much appreciated!