Rhiannon: General Info
Education & Playing Experience • Inspirational Teaching • Supporting Musicians • Awards • Music Shop & Other Involvement • Personal Life
Rhiannon Nachbaur Schmitt is a Selkirk Professional Music College (now the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program) graduate with honours in Violin Performance (Nelson, BC,1997).
Rhiannon has played many styles from classical violin to country fiddle, celtic to rock, world-beat to jazz and is a versatile and well-rounded performer. Her classical roots have brought her back for house and public concerts with pianist/composer Anna Höstman and pianist Anita Liebich.
Over the past decade she has played several concerts and full seasons with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.
Rhiannon’s playing has earned her distinctions such as the 1995 Bank of America Achievement Award in the Field of Music, many "Superior" marks in the SCSBOA Festivals in California and "Classical Artist of the Year" in the 2006 Okanagan Music Awards.
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She is featured on several albums, including harpist Caroline Mackay's "Tidings of Light," Bill Olsen's "Take Me There" and was featured in a CBC Christmas story piece by award-winning outdoor writer James Murray.
Rhiannon’s focus in business and teaching is “inspiration." She is known in the Shuswap and beyond to provide excellent guidance to her students in the traditional forms of theory, technique, reading and performance skills, the essentials in learning music.
What makes Rhiannon's lessons exceptional is her report with her students and the enthusiam and energy she puts into her teaching (see Student Testimonials). Rhiannon is currently full-booked for lessons and not accepting new students, but she will refer students to others offering private violin lessons.
As Founding President of the Violin Society, among who’s members were Canada’s two finest fiddlers, April Verch and Natalie MacMaster, the group established an instrument bank, granted thousands of dollars in scholarships, hosted fiddle contests and workshops with big name musicians and organized several successful community coffeehouses. Under Rhiannon's leadership the group ran from 2003 to 2009 and had a great impact on the community.
Rhiannon's shop serves customers worldwide with student to collector's instruments, accessories and music book sales. Her customer service is extraordinary, earning her numourous testimonials and several business awards.
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Rhiannon has written a music column for various magazines in Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia. She is the School District #83 String Orchestra music arranger.
Rhiannon has two sons, Ryan and Eli. She is a huge fan of Beethoven, all things orchestral and classic rock groups from the '70s [Led Zeppelin, Queen, Beatles, Yes].
She enjoys home decorating and painting, gardening, road trips and all things unique, colourful and creative. Her birthday is February 12.