Violinist Christina Scroggins has been a member of the BSO since 1979.
When did you first start playing the violin?
I started in public school in the 4th grade. The music teacher brought all the string instruments to class. When I heard the sound of the violin I knew it was my instrument.
What was the most challenging part of learning how to play?
Learning how to read music was very difficult for me because I have a good ear and could play music without reading the notes. Fortunately I had a very kind private violin teacher who helped me manage my frustration.
Do you have any advice for new concert goers?
Think of going to a BSO concert like going for a walk in a beautiful forest- you don’t have to know the name of every tree, plant or bird to enjoy the experience. Each time you return you will notice new things. Our concert halls are a place to relax, a refuge from the outside world! Every performance is unique.
What do you do to relax?
I love walking and sitting quietly in the woods or by streams. I love listening to the birds. I like to read.
What do you do to give back to our community?
Locally I have been known to pick apples for the Baltimore Orchard Project, and to publish photos and distribute hugs to adorable, adoptable animals at Defenders of Animal Rights. Nationally I have photographed the magnificent herd of rare white buffalo who recently relocated from Oregon to California.
Who inspires you?
Anyone who makes a long term commitment to running an animal sanctuary. My personal favorites are The Tossed and Found Cat Sanctuary in Gettysburg, PA and the White Bison Association in Upper Lake, California. I also admire photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert for their work bringing awareness and helping to save Africa’s highly endangered species like lions, rhinos and elephants.
If you had to do something other than be a Baltimore Symphony Musician, what would you do for a living?
Maybe be a plant based nutrition coach, or a geologist or be a wildlife photographer/blogger/tracker advocating for wild places and endangered animals. Presently I have two photo websites where I display and sell my work.