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Charlotte Crosmer

image1Charlotte Crosmer, Arkansas native, began her violin studies at the age of four with the Suzuki method. She discovered a love for chamber music early on, growing up playing in a string quartet with her siblings. In addition to her classical violin studies, she started experimenting with improvising and old-time fiddle music. This interest led her to winning numerous fiddling contests around the state (including the Arkansas State Old-time Fiddling Championship in 2003) as well as an appearance as a featured performer on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion.

Charlotte completed a B.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Central Arkansas ('11) where she studied with Dr. Linda Hsu. While at UCA, she served as concertmaster of the university orchestra, and performed as soloist with the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Charlotte studied voice with Dr. Martha Antolik and was involved in the opera department for three years as well. In 2009, she won a section violin position with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and performed with them for two seasons. She went on to study with Aaron Berofsky at the University of Michigan and graduated with Masters degrees in Chamber Music and Violin Performance ('14). During her time at UM, she was a recipient of a Virtu Scholarship Foundation award and was graciously loaned a David Burgess violin for three years. In the summer of 2014, she was selected as a Young Performing Artist for the Almalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival and performed in recitals in Maiori, Italy.

The following year, after an extensive international audition process, she was invited to join the cast of the dynamic string ensemble Barrage 8. While she was in the group (2015-16), they performed in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Canada and 23 U.S. states and conducted workshops for numerous middle school and high school orchestra programs along the way. Charlotte has recently accepted a position with the Quapaw String Quartet and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-17 season.

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