November Concert Guest Artist
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Joseph Scheer spent much of his professional life in Boston. In 1983 he received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and enjoyed a career as one of Boston’s busiest free-lancers. This summer marks his twenty-third season as concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with whom he has extensively toured the United States and Japan. Joseph has appeared on numerous occasions as soloist with the Boston POPS Esplanade Orchestra in Boston’s famous Symphony Hall, most recently in performances of Milhaud’s Cinema Fantaisie and the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with Keith Lockhart conducting, and in a performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto under the baton of John Williams.
Other recent concerto appearances have been with the Brockton (MA) Symphony, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto, and the Newton (MA) Symphony, performing the Scottish Fantasy of Max Bruch.
Joseph appears annually on the POPS’ nationally televised Fourth of July broadcast. He was a featured soloist in the 1994 broadcast, performing the violin solo from John Williams’ music for the film Schindler’s List. Joseph has also performed Schindler’s List on the most recent Boston Pops Esplanade tour of Florida.
From 1991 to 1993 Joseph held the concertmaster position in the Florida Symphony (Orlando), and also served in that capacity in Tampa’s Florida Orchestra from 1993 to 1996. He made frequent solo appearances with both those orchestras, performing such diverse works as the Korngold Violin Concerto, Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto #5. He relinquished that position to join his wife in Washington, D.C., where she is the Principal Harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Joseph and Susan have founded Ibis, a Chamber Music Society, and present free concerts in the greater Washington D.C area. Joe and Susan live in Arlington Virginia and have two children, Lillie and Nathanael.
Joe received a violin and a fishing pole for his fifth birthday, sparking a lifelong passion for both. In 2004 he founded the Fishinfiddler Rod Company and now enjoys a second career as a maker of fine, handcrafted split bamboo fly rods. View his work at www.fishinfiddler.com.
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