Who is Marji?

My name is Marji Gere, and I am the designer and teaching artist behind Cranky Bach. I conceived of this little arts-education workshop as one way to pull together my many interests and areas of experience, which I invite you to read about below.

Marji headshot red wallAs a violinist, I play chamber and orchestral music with Harvard Baroque, Grand Harmonie, Red Hedgehog Trio, Gere-Sedgwick Duo, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project; I play in jazz legend Bill Banfield’s Imagine Orchestra; I sing and play with Israeli singer-songwriter Shachar Ziv; and I create fresh, wild music with fellow composer-performers Dan Sedgwick, Tamara Plummer, and Jacob Barton.

As an educator, I currently maintain a private piano and violin studio that I founded in Charlestown/Somerville in 2009, and present workshops on modes of musical listening and communication, most notably at the Habla Teacher Institute in Mérida, Mexico. The educators and scholars at the Arts Literacy Project and the Habla Center for Language and Culture have had the deepest influences on my educational philosophy and approach to instructional design.

As a writer, I am working on a libretto for a work for “speaking chamber musicians” and lyrics for a microtonal song cycle for composer Dan Sedgwick. On a rare day, I compose music; the venerable musicians at the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will be performing one of my works on their children’s program in August 2016.

As a visual artist, my favorite media is cartooning, as you can see from my “Why” page!

My loves of creative writing, music, and visual art find a fruitful intersection in the art form of puppetry. My puppetry work has appeared in venues in San Francisco, Houston, NYC, Boston, Providence, and other places throughout the US.

I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2002 with bachelor’s degrees in Music and English and awards for excellence in musical performance and creative writing. In 2007, I earned a Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I was twice-awarded a fellowship from the US State Department’s Cyprus-America Scholarship Program; from 2002 and 2005 I investigated the role of chamber music in conflict resolution in Cyprus.

To learn more about me, go to www.marjigere.net.