Christie Kecskemethy, Principal Violin II

Originally from the great state of Vermont, Christie Kecskemethy first studied violin with Sadah Schuhari before attending the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. In both orchestral and chamber music, Christie performed extensively in the New York tri-state region, was a founding member of the Arioso String Quartet, and performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Also focusing on contemporary works, she collaborated with such composers as Ursula Mamlok and John Cage before relocating to the Pittsburgh area.

In more than 20 years as a Pennsylvanian, Christie was a private violin instructor and co-founder of Lyric Strings, a student music program that provided chamber music instruction to middle school and high school-aged string players. She also had the pleasure of teaching music history to the residents at the Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. As a freelance musician, Christie has happily helped walk countless brides down the aisle.

Christie Kecskemethy, Principal Violin II
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As a chamber musician, she has been a member of many ensembles, including the NKC Trio (flute/ violin/cello), The Ivy Leaf Orchestra (silent film accompaniment), and Cloud Chamber (folk and jazz improv duo). Cloud Chamber has performed throughout Western Pennsylvania, with appearances at the Succop Theater in Butler, the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival. Involved with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra as a musician and former board member since 2004, Christie is currently principal second violin and participates in BCSO Education Outreach programs and the symphony’s summer concert series.

When she is not playing the violin, Christie enjoys traveling and exploring new cities, gardening, photography, and reading. She lives in Butler with husband Joe, and kids Nathan and Zoe.