Strings

Carissa Hall – Violin:

Carissa Hall teaches voice and violin. She is a classically trained vocalist with experience in classical and Broadway styles. She is a graduate of Fresno City College, holding an Associate’s degree in Vocal Music and is currently attending University of Texas Permian Basin. Hall has been playing the violin/fiddle for 15 years, focusing initially on American fiddle styles, and later branching into Celtic music and classical violin. She has played locally in the Fresno City College String Ensemble, as well as for the Irish dance group “Celtic Motion”.

Derek Stewart – Violin/Viola:

Derek has his Masters of Arts in Viola Performance from Fresno State University, where he also played viola for the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in the Fresno City orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Fresno (YOOF), along with various chamber music groups in the Fresno and Clovis areas. He has been studying Viola and Violin for since he was 10 years old, and has studied under Saskia Dyer and David Shearen, and Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman at Fresno State. He teaches both Viola and Violin for the after-school music program “Accent on Access” at Madison Elementary. He has participated in multiple music festivals including InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Colorado, and Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy (FOOSA). He has participated in master classes with Rachel Barton-Pine, Meidad Yehudayan, and Misha Galaganov.