Phone: 412-833-1600 ext. 3232
Degrees and Certifications:
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY B.M. - Music Education
Karen Chisholm is a cellist and music educator. She spent a decade as an orchestra director for Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, where she also taught privately and ran sectionals for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra along with other youth orchestras in the D.C. metropolitan area. She is certified in MusicTogether and Suzuki educational methods.
Mrs. Chisholm has played professionally as a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Haase String Quartet. Later, after moving to the Netherlands with her husband and two children, she joined the Amsterdam-based orchestra, Het Orkest.
In Amsterdam, Mrs. Chisholm facilitated baby and toddler music classes, ran storytimes, taught private cello lessons, and launched the first-ever strings program at the Amsterdam International Community School (AICS).
Mrs. Chisholm and her family moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2023. She is excited to be teaching in the Upper St. Clair School District and learning more about this part of the world!