Meet the Musicians: Staying connected to music with CSO

Gita Krishnaswamy is the K-12 curriculum coordinator for science and health/fitness in the Kent School District.

Gita Krishnaswamy

When Gita Krishnaswamy is not playing violin, she works in the Kent School District. Photo by Veronica Ho.

Parental legend has it that just before Gita’s 3rd birthday, her parents were watching a television performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gita wandered up to the TV, pointed at the concertmaster, and said she wanted to learn the violin. A few weeks later, she had her first Suzuki lesson, and Gita grew up immersed in Chicago’s rich classical music culture. She also lived and trained for five years in Seoul, South Korea when her father was transferred there for work.

After deciding against conservatory, she maintained her musical connection by playing in community orchestras and pit bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she taught high school science.

Gita moved to Seattle in 2010 to pursue a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and was encouraged to audition for the Cascade Symphony Orchestra by former students of Michael Miropolsky.

She not-so-secretly wishes she was a cellist and is a self-described cat lady in training.

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