Teacher Feature: Chris Rorrer, Piano, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, and Vocal Instructor
We are so excited to have such talent join our teaching team! Chris Rorrer is such a kind, creative, enthusiastic, and musically gifted teacher that evokes the same in his students. Chris holds a Master of Music from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. Having such musically creative talent, he has certainly not limited himself to one instrument.
Like many musicians, Chris began music lessons at a young age, starting with violin at age 5. He started piano shortly thereafter. At age 10, he felt a deep connection with the cello and later added guitar, bass and drums as well. Singing came naturally to him as well, as he grew up singing at church and in choirs.
Chris had to be versatile as a lead instructor and coordinator at Guitar Center where he taught private cello, piano, and vocal lessons as well as the group music “Rock Show” classes, teaching collaborative and performance skills. Later he led a free music outreach program featuring ukulele, percussion, keyboard, voice and dance classes in Portland, Oregon. Chris has also had experience as worship leader and music director for praise teams, children’s choirs and handbell ensembles. More recently, at California State University, Long Beach, Chris managed the University Symphony and helped coordinate rehearsals, masterclasses, and the strings program as a Graduate Assistant.
Chris also composes, arranges, and performs in a variety of styles, ranging from classical to rock to experimental. He has released countless albums and his music has been featured on films across the globe. At the end of the day, music is all about the relationships and making the world a better place. Chris loves teaching and it is clear to see that he fully engages with each program or student he is working with to provide a holistic music education experience.
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