Justin Lader is finishing the PhD program in Music in Human Learning at UT Austin while continuing to pursue collaborative performance opportunities and teaching. Mr. Lader holds a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Oregon and received his Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory. He has a passion for all kinds of music, from classical to electronic, and believes that a musician improves through efficient practice and a strong love for music.
Mr. Lader began teaching private lessons in 2008 while completing his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He served as orchestra department coordinator and faculty instructor at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts - Community Music School from 2009- 2017, instructing both violin and viola. From 2010-2016 Mr. Lader served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching private lessons, coaching chamber music, and group classes at the University of Oregon's Community Music Institute and Suzuki Strings Program. From 2013-2014 Mr. Lader taught world music at the The Village School, a Public Charter School inspired by Waldorf Education, in Eugene, Oregon. From 2014 to 2019 he conducted the strings program at the Eugene Waldorf School. In 2015 he created, directed, and taught at The Shedd Institutes Chamber Strings camp. The summer 2016 he taught and directed The Shedd's Chamber Music Camp, in addition to a Beginning Strings Camp. That same summer of 2016, he was also a guest instructor at the Off The Hook Arts Summer Music Workshop in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2019 Mr. Lader began teaching at the University of Texas String Project in addition to being a teaching assistant for various undergraduate and graduate courses at UT.
Mr. Lader has performed under Sir Simon Rattle and James Gaffigan in the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. He has studied with Leslie Straka, Peter Slowik, Karen Ritscher, and Roger Chase. For two years, he played in a flute quartet, which performed in Oregon. Mr. Lader regularly performs throughout the West Coast with Celtic Harper, David Helfand. The duo performs original and traditional music that is influenced by Middle Eastern, Celtic, and Indian styles. Together the duo has released three albums, "Through the Portal," "From a Distant Time: Inspirations from the Celtic Lands,' and "After the Rain."
Other collaborative projects include recording and performing with Jake McNeillie on his albums, "Dream Country" and "Delirium: A Southern Gothic Fable," as well as recording with singer-songrwriter Albert Howell, We Have A Ghost, and This Patch of Sky. Additionally, Mr. Lader has done outreach work with CardioStart International, performing live to support the organizations mission to provide free heart surgeries in developing countries.