Christine Prince, junior violin


Violist Christine Prince has enjoyed an extensive career as an orchestral musician in North America and Europe. She currently holds tenured positions in the Victoria Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. Her freelance experience includes the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and studio work in the Vancouver and Los Angeles areas. She is a former member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony and the Omroeporkest (Broadcasting Orchestra, Holland).

Christine is an active chamber musician and recitalist, participating in festivals such as Academia Chigianna (Italy), the International Musicians’ Seminar (Cornwall, U.K.), and the Hornby Island Festival (Canada).  She is a regular performer at local chamber music venues and is a founding member of the Aurora Trio and the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Spectrum Faculty Concert Series, which she directed for thirteen years.

Her eclectic musical interests include historical performance on period instruments and performing works by women composers. A keen advocate of contemporary music, she frequently features new works in her programming and on recordings. Christine has commissioned and premiered a number of works for the viola, including those of Canadian composers Steve Tittle, Sylvia Rickard, Stephen Brown, Wes Wraggett and Leila Lustig.

Christine holds a Masters Degree from the University of Victoria, a B.A. from California State University (Fullerton) and has completed advanced studies at the Banff Centre (Canada) and the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium (Holland).

Currently teaching violin, viola and chamber music at Saint Michael’s University School and the Victoria Conservatory of Music her past teaching appointments include the Camosun College Diploma Program at VCM and the University of Victoria.  She has served as an examiner and adjudicator for entrance exams, juries, competitions, graduating recitals and orchestral auditions for the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.