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.