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JQOP Teaching Artists in Action | Christopher Hernandez

Getting Down to Bass-ics with Christopher Hernandez.


At the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, we’re proud to have an exceptional team with diverse teaching and performance experiences. Our current pandemic aside, when our Teaching Artists aren’t engaged with educating JQOP students, they’re pursuing their own professional careers as performers, composers, music producers, dancers, and other creative roles.

This month as part of our “Teaching Artists in Action” series, we’ve spotlighted bassist Christopher Hernandez, who joined JQOP this past year after earning his degree in music education from The Hartt School at University of Hartford. A multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, Christopher is most passionate about teaching string instruments, string ensembles, and jazz.

Christopher is among the JQOP teaching artists who finds inspiration through creative collaborations and classroom interactions. "Working at JQOP has been a unique experience for me. I am constantly blown away by the program's positive environment, professionalism, responsiveness and dedication to its students and staff." Christopher continued, "JQOP supports all Teaching Artists in their individual musical endeavors, encouraging them to bring their unique talents to their teaching. I am grateful for the opportunities I am consistently provided as an employee of JQOP!"

JQOP supports all Teaching Artists in their individual musical endeavors, encouraging them to bring their unique talents to their teaching.

While the current COVID-19 situation has disrupted both, recalling past experiences is helping to keep his spirits up, including an especially powerful one from early March. He, along with fellow JQOP Teaching Artists, Sebastien Ridore and Jennifer Wang, recorded three pieces for orchestra with, local music producer, Eddie Chow at the storied Frasier Studio at WGBH in Boston.


“Weeks before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, I was fortunate enough to participate in Eddie Chow's recording project at WGBH studios in Boston,” he noted. “Eddie's intention from the beginning was to share the three beautiful works we recorded with the people of Wuhan, China.”

"I can't help but wonder when the next time I will be in a room with this many musicians."

Christopher added, “At the time of recording, I don't think that anyone in the United States could have predicted what was to come. And as I now sit here, re-watching and listening, I can't help but wonder when the next time I will be in a room with this many musicians. I hope others will find hope, love and inspiration through this experience, and share the link here with family and friends.”


An important note from JQOP

Christopher is among the countless artists worldwide who believe in the power of music to foster community and creativity. We are fortunate to have him and many other teaching artists on our staff, sharing their knowledge and love of music with JQOP children, and we’re excited about finding ways for you to get to know them through this blog and our new “Couch Concert” series.

We care deeply about our teaching artists, and the relationships they’ve established with JQOP children – not just through the current crisis, but over the long-term.

Your contribution to JQOP at any level helps to support our teaching artists like Christopher Hernandez. Thank you for your support.


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