Languages Spoken: English and German
School: Berklee College of Music
Hanna Zercher was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is currently studying at the Berklee College of Music. She is majoring in Professional Music, concentrating in Performance, Private Studio Teaching, and American Roots Music. She began studying classical violin at age seven. Not too long after she began dabbling in folk, bluegrass, and Celtic music, which is what drew her to the mandolin a year before entering high school. In high school, her passion for music continued to evolve when she began studying at the New Mexico School for the Arts. It was at NMSA that she developed an interest in jazz, playing in the NMSA Jazz Ensemble. During her time at NMSA, she won the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and also received the Honorable Mention award at the Jackie McGeehee Concerto Competition. In the years of 2013, 2015, and 2016 she was a member of the New Mexico All-State Symphony Orchestra. Her interest in a broad range of styles led her to pursue a Berklee degree. Since arriving at Berklee in the Fall of 2016, Hanna has been a part of several recordings, projects, and performances, including two rock bands.
Hanna has experience teaching students of various ages and levels of playing. She was classically trained in the Suzuki Method, so much of her teaching is based in this method. She is very dedicated to her students and helping them channel their inner creativity. She believes that everyone is artistically gifted and once we learn to regularly access that creativity it will eventually become a natural part of our daily lives.
"Best teacher ever! Hanna is very patient and so easy to communicate with! Every time I leave her studio, I feel confident and motivated! Highly recommended!"
"It was my first lesson. She took care that I learn the best posture to hold my bow and violin. She has a keen eye to notice what may be going wrong and she’s really friendly."