“Creative Strings” initiatives with the founding of Camille Catherine, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education, with a focus on the development of curriculum and programs for classically trained string players and teachers to expand their skills as creative musicians.
Immerse yourself in a five-day program focusing on small ensemble coaching, classes, jam sessions and concerts spanning the genres and styles of jazz, rock, world and fiddle. The Creative Strings Workshop Adult and Youth include intensive studies for beginning fiddlers to advanced amateurs and professionals.
Develop the skills to fit into various bands, accompany singers, perform unaccompanied, arrange music for your own group, follow lead sheets in contemporary church ensembles, and more with over 200 lesson videos, eBooks, backing tracks, online community, and personalized coaching from Christian Howes.
Christian Howes centers around intensive workshops in your district and culminates in an exciting concert in which your students improvise, compose, and perform jazz, rock, Latin, fiddle-tune inspired music, and more. Unlike other residencies, all teachers and students receive online learning modules in advance of Christian’s visit including instructional videos, backing tracks, quizzes, and lesson plans to ensure and assess learning.
Our mission is to (1) provide a variety of educational outreach programs focusing on the advancement of contemporary string music and string pedagogy for violinists, violists, cellists, and bass players and teachers; (2) to present a series of concerts for the general public featuring a variety of exceptional artists from diverse cultural backgrounds performing an eclectic range of musical genres, including, but not limited to, classical, world, jazz, fiddle styles, rock, and blues.
A former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Christian Howes is not only one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists, but a Suzuki-trained, accomplished classical violinist as well. His classical background enables him to connect with traditional orchestral students, and his cohesive curriculum in improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and strings technology ensures that students and teachers will take away actionable knowledge that they can apply.