Master Sergeant Christopher Shieh
Violist Master Sergeant Christopher Shieh joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in June 1996. He was appointed principal in 1997. MSgt Shieh began his musical training at age 10. After graduating in 1985 from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1991 and continued graduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he studied with Roberto Diaz and Michael Tree.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” MSgt Shieh was principal violist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. He also has performed with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and at the Lancaster Festival in Ohio.
Staff Sergeant Sarah Hart
Violist Staff Sergeant Sarah Hart joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in January 2009. SSgt Hart began her musical training at age 6. After graduating in 2002 from Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in music and chemistry in 2006 from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., where she studied with Dr. Sam McClure. In 2008, SSgt Hart earned a master’s degree in viola performance with an additional focus in pedagogy from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied with Atar Arad, former member of the Cleveland Quartet. She also has studied with Dr. Catharine Carroll at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland in College Park where she is studying with Dan Foster, principal violist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” SSgt Hart performed at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and as a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.
She was a featured viola soloist for the Bohuslav Martinu Rhapsody Concerto with the Marine Chamber Orchestra in May 2011.
Watch SSgt Hart perform Stringapalooza!
Watch her performance of Ludvig van Beethoven's Grosse Fuge in B-flat.
Watch her performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Trio in E-flat, Kegelstatt, K. 498.
Staff Sergeant Tam Tran
Violist Staff Sergeant Tam Tran joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra in January 2005. He became assistant principal viola in October 2008. SSgt Tran began his musical training at age 8. Upon graduating in 1994 from Appleton High School in Wisconsin, he earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb in 2000, where he studied with Richard Young of the Vermeer String Quartet. In 2003, SSgt Tran earned a master’s degree in viola performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied with Yitzhak Schotten. He has pursued doctoral studies at the Stony Brook University in New York, studying with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.