Teachers at the Old Town School

Brandi Berry Benson

Fiddle, Violin, Viola

Violinist and fiddler Brandi Berry, whose playing has been praised as "alert [and] outstanding" by Chicago Classical Review, has appeared with various groups throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Apollo's Fire, the Newberry Consort, Toronto's Classical Music Consort, the Indianapolis and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras, Baroque Band.  She has appeared as soloist/concertmaster or section leader of Ars Antigua, the Madison Bach Musicians, and St. Louis' Kingsbury Ensemble.

Ms. Berry has performed in numerous festivals throughout North America, including recital performances at the 2010 CMC Springtime Handel Festival; the Dame Myra Hess and Ars Musica Chicago series; the Chicago, Boston, and Berkeley Early Music Festivals; as concertmaster of the Bloomington Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra; Opera in the Ozarks as a principal; Crested Butte MoUNtain Institute; Madison Early Music Festival; and the Tafelmusik and Vancouver early music programs.

As a fiddler, Ms. Berry grew up with the Old-Time and Texas swing styles from her early teens.  She has performed with numerous bluegrass and country bands in Dallas and College Station, TX her hometown, including Cat's Cradle, Newgrass, The Bozarts, and performed monthly at the Welborn Bluegrass Show and Jam. She also attended the Henry Mancini Institute where she took lessons with Jeremy Cohen and Richard Greene.  

Ms. Berry serves on the faculty of DePaul University as co-director of their Baroque Ensembles program.  A student of Stanley Ritchie and Cynthia Roberts, she holds degrees in violin performance from Indiana University and the University of North Texas. Ms. Berry is co-founder of the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2010

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/06/2020

Mondays 1:45 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Mondays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 03/02/2020

Violin 1 with Brandi Berry Benson

$206 ($186 members)

03/04/2020 – 04/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:00 PM – 7:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Violin 3 with Brandi Berry Benson

$206 ($186 members)

03/04/2020 – 04/22/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave