Hello! My name is Kelly Chambers, and I am so glad you are here!
I’ve been playing the violin since I was a little girl. One night, a family friend came to our house for dinner when I was 9 years old and played violin for us. I remember being so incredibly in awe of how beautiful the instrument was and how majestic it sounded. From that moment on, I was ENAMORED and wanted to start lessons. After many tears at how terrible I sounded when I first started (hahah, I was so impatient and just wanted to sound good), I kept at it until the squeaking mellowed out. I’m so grateful that my parents encouraged me not to quit.
My teacher sat me first chair in my 6th grade orchestra, and I continued to play in orchestras all through middle school, high school, and then in college at the University of Virginia (class of 2012! I was a Psychology and Cognitive Science major). Some of my FAVE memories were playing in the orchestra pit for West Side Story once in high school, and again with First Year Players at UVA (the same group Tina Fey was a part of when she was a student. Cool, huh?!)
For the past six years, I have been playing in the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra in Charlottesville, a small group of amateur musicians that comes together for weekly rehearsals and bi-annual concerts. And while I love playing in orchestras, it has been a long-term dream of mine to share my love for the violin and music with others by playing for special events. I have played for several weddings and various gigs over the years, and I love meeting with people, learning about the types of music they like, and customizing the music to celebrate them well.
The Lord has placed it on my heart to serve and share my musical talents through both teaching and performance. Supporting students of all ages as they learn an incredibly difficult instrument and encouraging them in self-compassion and patience is deeply rewarding. I currently teach violin, cello, and ukulele lessons (kids and adults) at the Front Porch in downtown Charlottesville. If you or someone you know is looking for a teacher, I'd love to connect.