Joseph Scheer, violin
A native of Wichita, Kansas, violinist Joseph Scheer spent much of his professional life in Boston. He received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and enjoyed a career as one of Boston’s busiest free-lancers. Joe recently retired after 30 seasons as concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with whom he extensively toured the United States and Japan. Joseph appeared on numerous occasions as soloist with the Boston POPS Esplanade Orchestra in Boston’s famous Symphony Hall, most recently in performances of Milhaud’s Cinema Fantaisie and the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with Keith Lockhart conducting, and in a performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto under the baton of John Williams. Other recent concerto appearances include the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Brockton (MA) Symphony, and the Scottish Fantasy of Max Bruch with the Newton (MA) Symphony. Joseph appears annually on the POPS’ nationally televised Fourth of July broadcast and has been featured as a soloist in that broadcast, performing the violin solo from John Williams’ music for the film Schindler’s List.
From 1991 to 1993 Joseph held the concertmaster position in the Florida Symphony (Orlando), and also served in that capacity in Tampa’s Florida Orchestra from 1993 to 1996. He made frequent solo appearances with both those orchestras, performing such diverse works as the Korngold Violin Concerto, Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto #5. He relinquished that position to join his wife Susan Robinson in Washington, D.C., where she is the principal harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Joseph and Susan are the founders of IBIS Chamber Music Society, which has performed many of Joseph’s original arrangements of works as diverse as the Gershwin Piano Preludes, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and John Williams’ music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Joseph also arranged many songs by singer/songwriter Dar Williams for their crossover collaboration, which will be featured on a soon-to-be-released CD.
Joe received a violin and a fishing pole for his fifth birthday, sparking a lifelong passion for both. In 2004 he founded the Fishinfiddler Rod Company and now enjoys a second career as a maker of fine, handcrafted split bamboo fly rods. View his work at www.fishinfiddler.com.