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About The Instructor

Sheronda Shorter, Violist

Sheronda began playing the Viola at age 9 in her elementary string orchestra at the J. Graham Brown School, under the direction of Dr. Jim Bates. She then went on to achieve the following as a young Violist.

Orchestral Experience as a Principal Violist:

  • James Graham Brown School Orchestras; Elementary, Middle and High School

  • All-County Orchestra, Middle School Division; 8th Grade

  • Summer Select Music Camp, Festival Orchestra, University of New Hampshire; 8th & 9th Grade

  • Governor’s School for the Arts, Summer Orchestra, Bellarmine University; 10th Grade

  • Youth Performing Arts School, Full and Chamber Orchestras; 10th & 11th Grade

  • Kennedy Center Minority String Program, Summer Symphony, George Washington University; 11th Grade

  • Louisville Youth Orchestra Symphony; 10th, 11th, & 12th Grade

  • Kentucky All-State Symphony Orchestra; 12th Grade.

Other Acknowledgements:

  • Sheronda took private Viola lessons from Jacqueline Rosky her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years of high school.

  • As a Junior in high school, Sheronda was invited to join the University of Louisville’s Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Kimcherie Lloyd.

  • Studied Viola Performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music under the direction of Dr. Catherine Carroll and Masao Kawasaki as an undergraduate Violist.

Today, Sheronda is a Staff Accountant and plays her Viola in multiple community groups in the Greater Louisville area.  Here are a few of the organizations she is currently affiliated with.

  • Orchestra Enigmatic, Chamber Violist & Arts and Repertoire Committee Chairperson.

  • Louisville Civic Orchestra, Section Violist & Treasurer.

  • Blazin’ Strings at A.M.P.E.D. Program, Volunteer Substitute String Instructor.

  • Academy of Music Production, Education & Development Center, Business Investment Recipient. 

Thanks for everything Mr. Dave Christopher, Sr!!!!😊

  • West End Viola Studio, Viola Instructor & Sole Proprietor.