Joseph Cheng - Violin Instructor
Title: Violin Instructor
Classical, Bluegrass, Folk, and anything to do with improvisation
Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Minor in Mathematics from Penn State
Joseph Cheng's Summary
Joseph Cheng began playing the violin at the age of 10, and has only put it down for one summer since that time. He began taking lessons with Ms. Carol Taleff of Lancaster for four years and then for another four years with Ms. Irene Palashewskij of Harrisburg. Through the Cumberland Valley School District's music program, he stayed involved in orchestras under Mrs. Lynn Sten, Mrs. Donna Houser, and Ms. Jennifer Anderson. Whether it was string quartets for weddings, forays into high school musical pit orchestras (The Wizard of Oz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) to community youth orchestras (Harrisburg Youth and Junior Youth Symphony Orchestras directed by Dr. Ron Schafer and Mrs. Marie Weber) a passion was forming under it all, culminating in a desire to see people of all ages pick up strings. Along the quest to become a friendly neighborhood fiddler, he has met a great many talented and passionate musicians, from busking in State College to playing in local churches. After graduating from Penn State with degrees in English and Computer Science, he still looks to make the most of every musical opportunity, playing and encouraging others to play.
Recent opportunities include Oyster Mill's Production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Fishing Creek's Production of Meet Me in St. Louis, and various gigs with local folk artists, including Suzi Brown, Stacey Dee, and the Indian Summer Jars.
Like lemons and lemonade, Joseph believes if God gives us strings, we can join a symphony of sound, or at least a bluegrass band.