Sheryl Shohet, Violin

Sheryl ShohetInstrument


Question & Answer

How did you start playing your instrument?

My public school offered strings in fifth grade, and I dragged my parents to the recruitment meeting.  I LOVED the sound of the violin and begged them to let me sign up. After school lessons for years with my orchestra teacher, I finally got to take private lessons ($5 per week!) in my sophomore year of high school.

Favorite composer

Johann Sebastian Bach.

Favorite solo piece

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Other than classical music, _____ is on my phone/iPod.

Only classical music is on my phone.

Activities, hobbies, interests outside of music?

Traveling/visiting family and friends, swimming, jigsaw puzzles, inventing new smoothies and quiches.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Crosswords, sudoku, and anything with numbers.

"  Erschwinglichen Trending Fotografie Kulissen Hintergr√ľnde Backdrops"

Sheryl performs with her students in front of the Blaisdell Concert Hall Lobby before the HSO Pines of Rome Concert in September 2015.

More About Sheryl Shohet

Sheryl Shohet has been a first violinist in the Hawaii (formerly Honolulu) Symphony since 1983. Before coming to Hawaii, she was a first violinist in the Hartford Symphony (CT), the Des Moines Symphony (IA) and the Colorado Philharmonic. Originally from Wisconsin, she holds Bachelor of Music degrees in performance and in music education from Drake University (IA) and a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Hartt School of Music (CT). She taught strings for several years at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. Sheryl teaches a violin program for Waiau Elementary School in Pearl City in addition to her private studio in Waipahu. Her student ensemble Na Mele O Suzuki has toured Japan twice and plans to tour England in 2020. Her students are known for their enthusiasm, love of music, and leadership positions in school orchestras and youth symphonies. Six of her former students currently teach music at Hawaii institutions. Sheryl has taught at Suzuki Institutes in Kansas, New Mexico, and Maui, and co-founded and directs the Hawaii Suzuki Institute. She is active on the boards of HASTA, SAH, and the Musicians’ Union, and enjoys traveling to national and international conferences to continue learning and to present topics to her colleagues. Her daughter is a chemical engineer who enjoys attending concerts and playing violin in California.