Evelyn Petcher - Teacher Spotlight At PS1
Sought after for her versatility as a teaching artist, Evelyn's residencies range from teaching string ensembles, to facilitating songwriting, to integrating musical learning with public school reading and math curricula. She has worked with prestigious arts organizations all over New York City and across the country.
Evelyn currently works at the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers, where she mentors budding elementary school composers, and at the Bronx Arts Ensemble, where she teaches group violin classes in Bronx public schools. She has also led multiple public school residencies and community workshops with the Little Orchestra Society, the Center for Arts Education, and LEAP (Learning through Expanded Arts Programs) NYC.
An accomplished violin teacher, Evelyn is also on faculty with the acclaimed Elizabeth Faidley Studio in NYC. In summer 2018, she taught at the Heifetz International Music Institute’s PEG program for exceptionally gifted youth. Over the past five years, Evelyn has also worked as a violin class and string ensemble instructor for the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Noel Pointer Foundation, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids.
During her time teaching with ORCHKids, Evelyn became passionate about the El Sistema movement of music education for social change. In 2014, she co-founded East Lake Expression Engine, an El Sistema inspired program in Chattanooga, Tennessee which offers holistic musical instruction to underprivileged children. Evelyn returns to East Lake Expression Engine often to lead creative workshops, teach violin, and perform at events. She has also traveled with the staff team as far as Quito, Ecuador to conduct intensive music camps based on their model.