Kerren Berz’s talents span the musical spectrum. Currently in her 15th season as CSO Concertmaster, she has also performed, recorded, and toured with the Atlanta Symphony, the Harlem Festival Orchestra, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, whose “music without boundaries” mission produced critically acclaimed performances and recordings of music by Aaron Copland, Conni Ellisor, and Jay Ungar, among others.
In addition to the classical music field, Ms. Berz is well respected in the popular music industry. Performances include the traveling Broadway company of Chicago, the star studded gala opening of Tyler Perry Studios, and a national concert tour with Amy Grant and Vince Gill. As a music arranger and performer, she is featured on albums by Outkast, Pink, Cartel, Sinead O’Connor, and on the hit single “Survivor,” by Destiny’s Child. She is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has participated on nominating committees for the annual Grammy Awards.
Ms. Berz has degrees from Florida State University, where she studied with Eliot Chapo, and the University of Tennessee, with additional studies at Boston University. She credits her public school music program with giving her the opportunity to play the violin.
As a music educator, Ms. Berz has worked with the Columbus Urban League, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, and with strings students throughout the Atlanta area. She is Director of Strings at The Galloway School in Atlanta and, in 2007, traveled to China with her orchestra as part of a goodwill student tour.