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Chaerim Smith

Principal Second Violin

Chaerim Smith, originally from Houston, Texas, is currently a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra performing regularly at the White House and other high profile government venues. An active orchestral musician, Mrs. Smith performs with various orchestras in the area, such as the National Symphony, Richmond Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and the Chesapeake Bay Orchestra in St. Mary’s, MD. Mrs. Smith is also a regular member of the Harrisburg Symphony, where she served as Assistant Principal Second Violin from 2005-2009. She has performed in many prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, The Verizon Center, Strathmore and the National Cathedral. She has had the privilege of playing under some of the world’s most prestigious conductors, such as Kurt Masur, Pinchas Zukerman, Gunther Schuller and Gerard Schwarz and has worked closely with world renown chamber musicians, Paul Katz, David Geber, Michael Tree and the late Isidore Cohen. Chaerim received her Bachelors of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Lucie Robert and later with Lisa Kim of the New York Philharmonic. While in New York, Mrs. Smith maintained a large private studio in Manhattan and was the head teacher of a private music school for young children. Being a diverse musician, Chaerim has performed with great popular artists such as U2, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton John and Joel Grey. She is also co-founder of the New Orchestra of Washington, a Washington D.C. based group whose mission is to make music relevant and sustainable by combining a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works. ( Chaerim currently resides in Springfield, Virginia with her husband, violist Derek Smith.