Ciara Hager


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About Ciara...

Combining dynamic contrast with an innate lyricism, Canadian violinist Ciara Hager’s playing is described as having “such personality” – quoted by Professor Federico Agostini from the Eastman School of  Music. Hager  discovered her creative desire for Jazz music while studying her Bachelor’s degree in Classical violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She also studied with internationally acclaimed Oleh Krysa, and Jazz professors Bob Sneider and Gary Versace at the prestigious school. Ms. Hager is currently  completing her master’s degree in Jazz studies at the University of North Texas, under the tutelage of Professor Scott Tixier.
Ciara performs regularly as an artist and freelance musician. She currently performs as a fiddle player with the Country-Rock fusion Ryan Glenn Band based in Denton, Texas, and in 2022 was a featured performer with her quartet in the Medicine Hat and Calgary Jazzfests, based in Alberta, Canada. Her musical creativity can also be heard on folk singer songwriter Greg Herman’s original blues tune, Places We’ve Never Been.
One of Ciara’s passions as a musician is to inspire others through her love for teaching. She studied violin pedagogy with Dr. Lisa Caravan, and has quickly applied her teaching skills. In 2021, she developed her own private studio, where she recruited and accumulated twenty students over the course of the year. Her students have won awards at the Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival, as well as achieved high rankings in the New York State School Music Association in Rochester, New York. Hager has adjudicated strings at Canadian Rotary music festivals in St. Albert in 2022, and will be adjudicating in Grande Prairie, March of 2023.
A previous performer at the esteemed Carnegie Hall, Ciara has won prizes such as the Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, first place at the Glenn Miller competition in Clarinda, Iowa, and the Senior Provincial String Competition in Edmonton, Alberta. Ms. Hager has also performed for artists such as James Ehnes, Zack Brock, Christian Howes, the Kronos Quartet, Andres Cardenes, and Noah Bendix-Balgley. Throughout her journey as a musician, she has had the advantage of being part of programs such as Canada’s National Youth Orchestra Migrations tour, the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York, the Advanced Performance Program of Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, and the Morningside Music Bridge International summer festival in Beijing, China.