Raised in New Jersey, Kira Hall a currently a masters degree candidate at New York University where she is currently serving as an adjunct professor of violin under the tutelage of Ann Setzer. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Violin Performance with a minor in psychology from Mannes: The New School for Music where she studied with noted violin pedagogue Sally Thomas, as well as a post-graduate Performer’s Certificate in Violin Performance from Montclair University. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weil Recital Hall, and Symphony Space in New York City, and participated in masterclasses for Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, and Pamela Frank. Other notable teachers include New York Philharmonic member Oscar Ravina, Claudia Schaer, Susan Kim, and Amy Barlowe. Her chamber music coaches include Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, in addition to members of the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and New York Philharmonic. Her solo performances include those with the Rockland Summer Institute Festival Orchestra, and she has also performed in concert with pop superstar Sarah MacLaughlan.
A dedicated teacher, she completed New York City’s School for Strings Suzuki Teacher Training Program in Suzuki books 1 – 8, where she studied under Allen Lieb and Ekaterina Gerson. She has also studied violin pedagogy with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. Ms. Hall’s students have been accepted to performing arts high-schools such as New York City’s Laguardia Highschool for the Performing Arts. Her students have also gone on to perform with Chicago University’s Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and have received perfect scores during their NYSSMA evaluations.
To supplement her violin pedagogy training, she completed both units 1 and 2 of Michiko Yurko’s Music Mind Game Teacher Training in 2012. As of 2014, she is the only New York City resident who has completed the full 60 hours of Music Mind Game teacher training.
Ms. Hall has served on both the faculties of Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn, NY and Montclair Music Studio in Montclair, NJ.
In Ms. Hall’s free time, she founded a now four-thousand-member social group on the popular networking site Meetup.com. In 2012, she was invited to speak in front of the company and meet CEO Scott Heifermann. When she is able, she also serves as on the volunteer guild of the American Classical Orchestra, and previously served as a development intern for the American Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoys reading, scuba diving, gaming, and spending time with her husband and three cats.