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Christine E. Gero joined Roosevelt High School as the Orchestra Director in 2018, after serving as Newport High School Orchestra Director in Bellevue, WA. Prior to teaching in Bellevue, Ms. Gero was Music Department Chairperson and Orchestra Director for the Nyack Public Schools in New York. Ms. Gero received her bachelor’s degree in Music, and her master’s degree in Music Education from New York University.

Ms. Gero has performed as conductor and violinist in various settings, from Carnegie Hall to the famous rock club CBGB in New York. She has studied violin primarily with Charles Johnston, Yuri Vodovoz of the Alaria Chamber Ensemble (Mannes College), and Joey Corpus in New York City. As a chamber musician, she has performed throughout the New York metropolitan area and in Prague at the Ameropa Music Festival.

Ms.Gero’s work in alternative music genres include studies with acclaimed jazz violinist, John Blake Jr., as well as performances and recording with rock bands and singer-songwriters in New York City and Seattle.  She is also regularly invited as a clinician and guest conductor for student groups throughout the Pacific Northwest and New York Metropolitan areas.


There are three orchestras at Roosevelt that are open to all students, regardless of financial need. Auditions are held for placement prior to each school year with the exception of incoming freshmen. 

Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra is a class for all 9th grade students.

Students in this group, as well as all other groups, may form chamber groups and prepare pieces to perform at the chamber recitals and/or the Solo & Ensemble Contest.

Enjoy their performance of “There’s No Place like Home for the Holidays

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra is a class for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

Students must be proficient in all positions up to 5th position on their instrument and audition to join. This class will focus on string and chamber orchestra literature. Students in this class will be expected to perform in several chamber music concerts throughout the year and perform in regular concert programs.

Enjoy their performance of “Valse des Fleurs

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra combines wind and string instruments and is available to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. 

Admission to this class is by audition only. 

This is a high level music class where students will be expected to excel. Performance in the full orchestra, string or wind chamber ensembles is required. String students will play some string chamber music. Wind instruments may also play in the Wind Ensemble.

Enjoy their performance of “Danses Caractéristiques

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