2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Bang for Your Buck: How to Choose the Best Beginning String Instruments for Your Program

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Bartolin Hall E112

Christopher Luther
Colorado Christian University, Affiliate Professor of Violin and Viola

Violinist, violist, conductor, arranger, mentor, pedagogue, Dr. Christopher Luther has established himself as a uniquely gifted performer and teacher through his diverse musical background and uncanny ability to reach and inspire students. As a performer, Dr. Luther has been a featured soloist on National Public Radio, and KUSC, along with televised performances on PBS. Notable chamber collaborations include the Miró String Quartet, Joseph Silverstein, Martin Beaver, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dr. Luther is currently the Affiliate Professor of Violin and Viola at Colorado Christian University, where he also teaches chamber and improvisation classes.  As the Assistant Professor of Viola and Alternative Styles at the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Luther taught the viola studio, chamber music, pedagogy, and orchestral excerpts.   Dr. Luther teaches and performs with Pepperdine University’s summer music program in Heidelberg, Germany as the Associate Director of Chamber Music.

Dr. Luther is in demand as an all-state conductor as he can teach, perform, and connect classical and folk traditions to all ensemble sizes and instruments. Engagements include Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming.  He is the co-founder and co-director of Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, now entering its 21st season (RMFiddle.com).  Teachers from around the world come to Divide, Colorado to teach all ages and abilities for piano, mandolin, guitar, banjo, violin, viola, cello, bass, singing, and dancing.


Curious how to shop for new string instruments for your program? Join Dr. Christopher Luther, violin and viola professor and owner of Luther Strings, for a tour of introductory instruments. Learn to navigate the industry’s leading distributors to make the best choice for your students and your budget.

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