About Chris Sexton
Teaching Philosophy


Curriculum Vitae:

Christopher Sexton is the owner and teacher of Sexton Music Studio, a private strings lesson facility in the heart of Old Town Manassas.  Teaching violin, viola, cello as well as bluegrass fiddle, Chris has been teaching private and group lessons for more than a dozen years through Contemporary Music Center in Chantilly, Picker’s Supply in Fredericksburg, Foxes Music in Falls Church, American Children of SCORE in Warrenton, and through the Prince William and Fairfax County school systems.  Now fully in his own studio, Chris is currently accepting new students for lessons in all skill levels.  Chris excels in working with folks just starting out on an instrument, kids with challenging attention spans, home-schooled families, and middle and high schoolers looking for that added edge to compliment and build upon their orchestra classes. 


Sexton Music Studio is a proud member of the Manassas Old Town Business Association (OTBA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the National Association for Music Education (MENC), the Manassas Art Guild, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA), International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and the DC Bluegrass Union (DCBU).


Education and Background

Christopher Sexton received his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with a Minor in Voice from the Shenandoah Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia in 1997 where he studied with Dr. Kenneth Sarch and Dr. Marc Ramirez.  Chris followed that up with his Master of Music Pedagogy from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 2010, studying with Roanoke Symphony concertmaster Akemi Takayama and studying chamber music with members of the acclaimed and prolifically recorded Audubon String Quartet.  In addition to his formal education, Chris also attended the Suzuki Institute in 1998 for teacher training, and also was on the bluegrass faculty for Common Ground on the Hill’s bluegrass camp (sponsored by the DC Bluegrass Union) in 2008.


An accomplished performer widely recognized in his field, Chris has been a member of the award-winning bluegrass band Nothin’ Fancy since 1998.  Nothin’ Fancy has grown into a national/international touring force, and are the four-times running Bluegrass Entertainers of the Year SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association) award winners for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.  All told, Nothin’ Fancy has been nominated individually or as a group for no fewer than 33 SPGBMA, IBMA, and GMA Dove Awards.  At festivals, Chris is not only seen on stage but also giving fiddle workshops that specifically aim to improve the techniques of the budding fiddle players.


Chris has been honored to perform and work with many of the best and brightest in bluegrass, classical and chamber music as well as contemporary rock and popular music, including Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Gene Watson, Marty Raybon, the Seldom Scene, John Cowan, Sam Bush, Patty Loveless, Bret Michaels, Sebastian, the Manassas Ballet Theater, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, and many others.  As a part-time sideman with country musicians Wil Gravatt and Kevin Mac, Chris has had the honor to perform as an opening act for country legends John Michael Montgomery and Travis Tritt, and the new country act known as The Band Perry.


As of January 2013, Chris will begin a new adventure as a new adjunct professor of violin and viola at the Northern Virginia Community College's (NVCC) Woodbridge campus.  As part of the assignment, Chris will be utilizing the studio as his primary office and will most likely be giving lessons there due to current space constraints at the Woodbridge campus.  Chris is honored to be selected as a new member of the NVCC faculty, and is also happy to be part of the expansion and diversification of the Woodbridge campus' course offerings!


A lifelong Northern Virginia local (yes, they still make those!), Chris still makes his home in Manassas; just south of the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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