Free Counterpoint concerts return Sept. 8
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.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
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