Orchestra Director, Director of Community EngagementConservatory Lab Charter School
Boston-based musician and educator, Christopher Schroeder is a catalyst for social change through music. As an experienced conductor and trumpeter, he connects and inspires musicians of all ages to achieve their highest level of musicianship, while instilling character traits that transcend rehearsal and performance spaces. As a nationally recognized speaker, Schroeder works with educators and conductors on building classroom culture, refining rehearsal techniques, strategic program development and music and arts-infused curriculum design.
An active conductor and music educator, Schroeder is Music Director for the Cape Youth Orchestra on Cape Cod, MA; Director of Brass and Winds and Orchestra Director for Conservatory Lab Charter School’s El Sistema-inspired program in Boston, MA; Program Manager and Faculty for Longy School of Music of Bard College’s El Sistema Side by Side Orchestra in Cambridge, MA; National Teaching Faculty/Hi-Brass Specialist with the LA Phil and Longy School of Music of Bard College National “Take A Stand” Festival.
Having begun his career as a performer at Walt Disney World, he seeks to create a synergy with audiences through entertaining and participatory programming. Schroeder has experienced the transformative power of project-based, music and arts-infused teaching models first-hand in his work with Conservatory Lab Charter School’s El Sistema program since its inception in 2010. Understanding the importance of regular and authentic music experiences for students, Schroeder works with music and arts organizations throughout the Northeast on collaborations in which his students and music professionals engage in side by side rehearsals and performances. As an active speaker and guest clinician, he has observed and taught in socially-conscious music programs across the United States, Europe and South America and leads professional development sessions for teachers and arts-leaders.
Student-driven composition projects increase engagement, inclusion, and creativity in any classroom and rehearsal. It also provides an opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions around social issues and equip your students with tools to express their emotions and raise awareness around issues that are important to them. Participants are asked to bring their own instrument and voice and be ready to make original music with fellow neighbors.