Christopher E. Sexton


8043 Lantern Court                                                                                  

Manassas, VA  20109                                                                                        (703) 975-5075  


Recent Masters graduate planning next academic and career steps.  Goals include deepening my relationships and career in the music field, growing my private music lesson studio, broadening my studio work, growing my bluegrass and Americana band, and teaching adjunct/part-time at one or more public or private institutions.  While I am proficient and highly knowledgeable in traditional classical studies, I have a focus and extensive expertise in bluegrass and Americana music; a genre not currently well-represented in academic studies or private instruction.




College :               Shenandoah University                                                                                  2008 – 2010

M.M. in Instrumental Pedagogy (Violin), GPA: 3.900


Shenandoah University                                                                                      1993 - 1997

                                B.M. in Instrumental Performance (Violin), GPA: 3.387

                                Minor in Piano and Voice


Province Alumni Coordinator, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia                                                                2009 – Present

Alumni Relations Officer, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia                                                                        2007 – 2009

Passed Praxis; held provisional teaching license; Commonwealth of Virginia                        2000 – 2003 Member, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia                                                                                                                1995 – Present




Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Band LLC; Buena Vista, VA (based)                                              1998 - Present

Positions held:     IBMA, SPBGMA and Grammy-Nominated Fiddler and Vocalist

Duties:                   As principal and co-owner of nationally renowned bluegrass/Americana band, have traveled extensively through 40 states while averaging 120 gigs per year and releasing 8 full-length bluegrass recordings through Pinecastle Records label.


Performed at Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Birchmere, the Ryman Auditorium, the SPGBMA Awards, the IBMA Awards, numerous other locations and prestigious festivals throughout the United States and Canada.   Slated to host SPBGMA Midwest Awards, 2010.


Featured clinician at fiddle workshops at bluegrass festivals across US and Canada.


Nothin’ Fancy has collectively been nominated for over a dozen awards through the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Awards (SPGBMA) and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).


Special guest artist on Rhonda Vincent & The Rage’s 2006 CD, “Ragin’ Live.”  Grammy-Nominated for 2006 Bluegrass Album of the Year.


Are currently the thrice-running (2008 – 2010) recipients of the SPGBMA “Entertaining Band of the Year” award.


Four-time running nominee (2008-2010) for SPGBMA Fiddler of the Year award, and four-time contest winner at the Galax Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention.

Foxes Music Company, Falls Church, VA                                                                                   2002 - Present

Positions held:     Private music instructor

Duties:                   One-on-one lessons in violin, fiddle, viola, and cello  


Picker’s Supply Inc., Fredericksburg, VA                                                                                     2002 - Present

Positions held:     Private music instructor

Duties:                   One-on-one lessons in violin, fiddle, viola, and cello


Freelance Recording Artist, Manassas VA                                                                                  1998 - Present

Positions held:  Violinist, Fiddler, Violist, Cellist, Vocalist, Pianist

Duties:                   Have appeared on over 25 albums of bluegrass, classical, jazz, pop, and R&B genres, including one solo album; recently recorded under the direction of noted R&B and hip-hop producers Timbaland and Ferrell.  Additionally, have recorded for the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, National Geographic, and PBS.


Violino Ristorante Italiano, Winchester, VA                                                          1995 - Present

Positions held:     Violinist

Duties:                   Entertainment, strings


Contemporary Music Center; Chantilly, VA                                                                                2002 - 2006

Positions held:     Private music instructor

Duties:                   One-on-one lessons in violin, fiddle, viola, and cello


The American Children of SCORE; The Plains, VA                                                                  1998 - 2003

Positions held:     String Director, SCORE Concert Group

Duties:                   Directing string section of the SCORE Concert Group

                                String coach


Parkside Middle School, Prince William County Schools; Manassas, VA                           2000 - 2002

Positions held:     Orchestra Director/Music teacher

Duties:                   String teacher/orchestra director

                                Music teacher, Director of orchestra programs

Held Provisional License in Commonwealth of Virginia for Instrumental Music, Prek-12  


Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County, VA                                                                                1999 - 2000

Positions held:     Long-Term Substitute Orchestra Teacher, Hayfield S.S.

                                Substitute Teacher

Duties:                   (As long-term substitute) Head of orchestra/strings program

                                Substitute teacher for Area I in Fairfax County

                                Completed Suzuki-Method Training courses, Suzuki Institute, Washington DC


Loudoun Symphony Orchestra; Leesburg, VA                                                                             1998 - 2000

Positions held:     Assistant Principal Viola

Duties:                   Assist and lead viola section




Akemi Takayama; Professor of Violin, Shenandoah University                                                     

Dr. Kenneth Sarch; Professor of Violin, Mansfield University


Dr. Marc Ramirez; Professor Emeritus of Violin, Shenandoah University