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Professor of Violin
Carrie Rehkopf has crafted an exciting career blending the best of the worlds of performing and teaching. An enthusiastic teacher, she has served as the violin professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg since 1990. Her students are immediately employed upon graduation. Former students serve in principal positions of many orchestras, as well as receive awards as outstanding teachers in the public schools, private studios and higher education. In 2004 she received the Outstanding College String Teacher award from the Washington ASTA/NSOA chapter.
Called a "first class musician" by Sir George Solti, her particular interests in building new audiences and cultivating artistry in players of all levels have led her to incorporate elements of acting, choreography and narrative into her work.
As first violinist of the Kairos Quartet, she has toured North America over the past 15 years and has founded, directed and taught at numerous music camps. Ms. Rehkopf has also performed on chamber music concerts at the Tanglewood, Banff and Norfolk festivals.
In addition to numerous solo recitals and concerto performances with youth orchestras and the CWU Symphony Orchestra, she has soloed with the Everett, Olympia, Wenatchee and Yakima and Lake Sammamish Symphonies. She gave the world premiere of Maria Newman's violin concerto, which she subsequently recorded at Capitol Records.
Ms. Rehkopf has served as Associate Principal Second of the Honolulu Symphony. Professor Rehkopf began at age 4 in the Suzuki Method, and had a week of lessons with Dr. Suzuki in 1976. She received her degrees from University of Michigan on a full tuition scholarship, and studied further in London.
She and her cellist husband John Michel enjoy experimenting in alternative styles with their three boys, especially enjoying Scottish fiddle music.Contact Professor Rehkopf