Free Coun­ter­point con­certs re­turn Sept. 8

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In­di­vid­u­ally, Kris­ten Hol­ritz is prin­ci­pal flutist with the Chat­tanooga Symphony & Opera, and her hus­band, Josh Hol­ritz, is vi­olin­ist and as­so­ci­ate con­cert­mas­ter of the CSO.

But to­gether they be­come Schaafritz, the mu­si­cal duo t hat will open the new sea­son of Coun­ter­point con­certs on Satur­day, Sept. 8, in St. Peter’s Epis­co­pal Church, 848 Ash­land Ter­race,

Coun­ter­point con­certs are free to the pub­lic, made pos­si­ble through a part­ner­ship with St. Peter’s Church. The fea­tured per­form­ers will be joined by Coun­ter­point founder, pi­anist Tim Hinck, in pre­sent­ing a pro­gram of mu­sic by Mart­inu, Muczyn­ski, Rota and Schick­ele.


Kris­ten Hol­ritz made her solo de­but with the United States Air Force Band in 2005 as win­ner of the Col. Ge­orge S. Howard Young Artist Com­pe­ti­tion. In 2013, she ac­cepted the prin­ci­pal flute po­si­tion with the CSO.

In 2008, she soloed with the Univer­sity of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orches­tra. She was fea­tured as a 2013 con­certo com­pe­ti­tion win­ner with the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Symphony Orches­tra, won the At­lanta Flute Club Young Artist Com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived third prize in the MidSouth Flute Fes­ti­val Young Artist Com­pe­ti­tion.

She serves as ad­junct f l ute pro­fes­sor at Lee Univer­sity and South­ern Ad­ven­tist Univer­sity, and teaches pri­vately out of her home. She is also the flute fac­ulty artist for the Bay View Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Josh Hol­ritz is a vi­olin­ist and vi­o­list who has per­formed as an orches­tral and cham­ber mu­si­cian or soloist in Europe, Asia, Africa and more than 20 states around the con­ti­nen­tal United States.

Cur­rently the as­so­ci­ate con­cert­mas­ter of the CSO, he has been a mem­ber of the Glen Falls Symphony, Greens­boro Symphony, and served as con­cert­mas­ter for the Buf­falo (Min­nesota), Com­mu­nity Orches­tra. He has per­formed with the Vi­enna Ra­dio Orches­tra and New World Symphony, and reg­u­larly sub­sti­tutes with the Charleston and At­lanta Symphony or­ches­tras.

He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Em­maus Quar­tet, which gave over 100 per­for­mances in the South­east be­tween 2004-2006. He is cur­rently col­lab­o­rat­ing with Lee Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Dr. ChoEun Lee to per­form the en­tire Beethoven vi­o­lin sonata cy­cle over four semesters be­tween 2017-2019.

The vi­olin­ist cur­rently serves as ad­junct in­struc­tor of vi­o­lin for the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga and at Covenant Col­lege, where he teaches vi­o­lin, vi­ola and cham­ber mu­sic. He has served on fac­ulty of the Ten­nessee Gov­er­nor’s School for the Arts and is cur­rently a fac­ulty artist for the Bay View Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.


Kris­ten and Josh Hol­ritz

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