Christopher McCarthy

Christopher M.

Fountain Valley, CA

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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
August 2004

Chris received his Bachelors in Instrumental Music from California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, studying under Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Joon Sun Jung. He has attended master classes with Johannes Moser, Matt Haimovitz, Andrew Shulman, Joon Sun Jung, and the Alexander String Quartet. He is a registered teacher with the American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas. Chris has completed Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney and Tanya Carey.

Currently, Chris performs with the Dana Point Symphony as associate principal cello. He was a member of Symphony Irvine, the Montage Civic Orchestra, and the Crystal Cathedral Hour of Power Orchestra. He is a founding member of Love4Cello, a cello quartet based in Los Angeles, where he also serves as the group’s arranger. In 2014, as a member of the Southern California Chamber Ensemble, Chris performed in Nagoya, Japan, with renowned urhu virtuoso George Gao. He is a string coach for Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos and Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, and is the cello teacher for the Casa Romantica Music Festival Academy. Chris has freelanced and taught privately in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas since 2003.

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Assistant Principal Violoncello
Feb 2012 - Present
Dana Point Symphony

Dean Anderson, Musical Director

Perform 4 concerts during Spring season (Feb-May)

Private Cello Teacher
Aug 2004 - Present
Fellow Cello Studios

Teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels, from six years old to sixty years old, brand new beginner or college-bound high school students looking to major in music. Available to teach at my own private studio or online. Any time is a good time to learn how to play the cello!

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Principal Violoncello
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Symphony Irvine

Dean Anderson, Musical Director

Performs 5-7 concerts per season

Orchestra Coach, Bass
Aug 2004 - May 2014
Fountain Valley High School

Mark Irons, Band Director

Come in during Orchestra period twice a week to work in sectionals or full ensemble critique.


Bachelors, Instrumental Music
Feb 2008 - May 2011
CSU Long Beach


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Cello Unit 2
Jun 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Certified teacher training by the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki Cello Book 2. A five-day course taken at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute in Claremont, CA, in June 2016. Instructor: Dr. Tanya Carey

Cello Unit 1
Jul 2015
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Certified teacher training by the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki Cello Book 1. A eight-day course taken at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute in Claremont, CA, in July 2015. Instructor: Richard Mooney

Every Child Can
Jul 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Every Child Can!© (ECC) is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application to Suzuki education. For parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others, this course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning.

A one-day course taken at the Las Vegas Desert Suzuki Institute in Las Vegas, NV, in July 2014. Instructor: Laurel Ann Maurer.

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Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jul 2014

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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American String Teachers Association
May 2014

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Apr 2011

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

Lynn Harrell after performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, April 26, 2014

Photo by Christopher M.

Photo by Christopher M.
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