Our Conductor

Our Conductor

Gero conductingCloseUpChristine E. Gero joined the Bellevue Music Department as the Newport High School Orchestra Director in 2013, after serving as Music Department Chairperson (2011-2013) and Orchestra Director (2003-2013) for the Nyack Public Schools in New York.

Ms. Gero has performed as conductor and violinist in various settings, from Carnegie Hall to the famous rock club CBGB’s 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 NY 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.

Ms. Gero received her B.A. in Music and her M. A. in Music Education from New York University. During that time she also received her Suzuki Teacher Certification at the prestigious School for Strings on West 54th Street in Manhattan where she studied under Louise Behrend for two years. Prior to teaching in Nyack, Ms. Gero was on the music faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ.

Newport High School’s orchestra program has grown by 55% in just the last 3 years and now boasts almost 200 high school string players. Our newly formed Newport Philharmonic Orchestra consists of our Chamber Orchestra students combined with select members of our highly esteemed winds, brass and percussion programs. Last spring, the Newport High School Chamber Orchestra placed 2nd at the American Strings Teachers Association’s National Orchestra Festival in Salt Lake City, UT.