Ciarra Shoemaker has been playing the violin since she was 10 years old, which is natural since she comes from a family of very talented musicians. Her brother plays the cello and her mother, who often accompanies Ciarra, has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old. 

Some of Ciarra’s favorite memories growing up include her mother playing the piano around the house during the holidays. This exposure to beautiful music by her mother has inspired her to follow her musical talent throughout her life. In high school Ciarra was selected to play a solo in Avery-Fisher at the Lincoln Center and in college she played with the Penn State Philharmonic and the Penn State Chamber Orchestra where one of her favorite memories is performing at Carnegie Hall. 

When asked what she enjoys most about the Denver Pops Ciarra shared, “I love the popular music that we play and the laid back, humorous nature of the group. We always have a lot of fun at rehearsals and performances!”

Ciarra – thank you for being a part of the Denver Pops journey and our mission to serve the community through the performance of familiar music for the last 40 years.         

Want to get involved and support Ciarra and other volunteer musicians in the Denver Pops? Join us for the 40th Anniversary as a concert day staff. Concert day staff duties include set up, ticket sales/check in, ushers, partner support and clean up. Sign up today or email lara@smedleyevents.com to learn more. 

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