Charles (Chip) Schooler has developed large, successful student orchestra programs in grades 4-12, first in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where he also taught band, then in the Olympia, Washington area, both in the North Thurston Schools and the Olympia School District. Before coming to PLU, he was the Music Department Lead at South Puget Sound Community College where he founded the South Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career his student groups have been recognized as holding to the highest standards of performance and musicianship. Mr. Schooler has been twice honored as Public School Teacher of the Year by the Washington String Teachers Association, High School Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association, Music Teacher of the year by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, and is a member of the WMEA Hall of Fame. He is regularly engaged as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor of student groups throughout the Northwest. Committed to life-long professional growth, he shares that passion with his colleagues by serving as director of the WASTA Birch Bay String Teachers’ Workshop.
A graduate of the University of Idaho (BMus Ed, MMus), Mr. Schooler did post-graduate study at the University of Arizona, was mentored by Marvin Rabin during multiple summers at the University of Wisconsin’s National String Workshop, and is a registered Suzuki Cello Teacher. He has studied cello with Jurgen de Lamos, Bill Wharton, and Gordon Epperson.