Violist Christina Ebersohl is widely recognized for her performances, which combine fearless imagination and captivating personality. She has been praised as “amazing…talent alone is not enough….she’s inspiring…” (Joël Belgique, TheOregonian).
Christina has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and acknowledgements, including the Gilman International Study Scholarship, the Debbie Boldrick Music Scholarship, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the Gladys C Anderson Memorial Scholarship through the American Foundation for the Blind, and Portland State University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence and College of the Arts Scholarship.
In addition to her solo performance career, Christina’s charismatic presence also lends to the stage as a lecturer and motivational speaker; most recently, she spoke at the 2017 PDXTalks on perseverance in her talk “How to change a lightbulb.” Furthermore, Christina is a respected musicology writer. In 2018, she was named one of the top seven research papers in world as The Undergraduate Awards’ Regional Winner.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in Performance with Basil Vendryes at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, CO. Christina has studied under Kenji Bunch, Joel Belgique, and Chris Bock.
Q: Can I contact you to perform for my event?
A: Thanks for asking! Of course! I can perform a wide range of pieces and would be happy to tailor a program for your unique needs. Just submit a “CONTACT” form with your information and a brief message (you know…the who, what, when, where basics!) and I’ll personally get back to you!
Q: Great! Can you do anything else besides play the viola?
A: Well, I can’t juggle, if that’s what you mean. But I am also an accomplished speaker on accessibility in music education, and perseverance through hardships. If you are interested in having me speak for your event, just mention that when you submit a “CONTACT” form!
Q: What’s with this Body-Mapping stuff?
A: Body-mapping is a great tool for all musicians to have! More information can be found at the Body-mapping page. I will be liscensed in Body-Mapping by June of 2019 and will be available to give masterclasses and lectures in that subject as well.
Q: But…what IS Body-Mapping?
A: Body-Mapping is an individual’s perception and understanding of their body, how it is constructed, and how it moves. The more musicians understand and learn about their own body-maps, the more likely they are to prevent injury and surpass limitations. Seriously, check it out!
Q: So how do you learn music being blind?
A: Great question! I use a variety of different methods, from braille music notation to screen reading software that tells me what each note is to really, really good listening and memorization skills!
Q: So do you have perfect pitch?
A: I actually don’t.
Q: Did you get any superpowers after losing your sight?
A: I mean…no. But if I WAS a superhero, I could never tell you and reveal my secret identity…
in the news
When she started going blind five years ago, Christina Ebersohl had to learn how to do everything differently: walking, reading, listening – and her passion: playing the viola. The US Army veteran and junior at PSU’s Honors College plays in the PSU Orchestra as well as several chamber ensembles, and is now studying under the principal violist of the Oregon Symphony. For Ebersohl, personal growth comes from overcoming adversity and taking risks...
Tom hallman, the oregonian
Before she lost the sight in both eyes a few years ago, Christina Ebersohl would have easily walked down this Portland State University hallway. Now, she used a red-tipped cane, tapping walls on her way to a practice room in the university's department of music…
Suzanne pardington, psu
After Christina Ebersohl started going blind in 2012, she had to learn how to do everything differently: walking, reading, listening — and her passion: playing the viola. At first she didn’t want to get out of bed. But she soon decided not to give up on herself or her music. She practiced viola five hours a day, learned how to walk with a cane and read braille and enrolled in Portland State’s Honors College as a music major.
GREGORY DAY, tHE PORTLAND WEEKLY PODCAST
29-year-old Army veteran Christina Ebersohl begun losing her eyesight in Sept 2012 & was declared legally blind 2 years afterwards. She now studies under Joël Belgique, principal Violist of the Oregon Symphony...
I am not invisible
I Am Not Invisible is a remarkable exhibition featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans.
There are more than 28,000 women veterans in Oregon — a number that has risen steadily over the past three decades — representing almost one-tenth of Oregon’s veteran population.
And yet, women veterans continue to face significant barriers and challenges in accessing necessary health care and other services, while experiencing a lack of recognition unlike their male counterparts. By spotlighting the many faces of this diverse and important segment of the Oregon veteran community, IANI aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women veterans, as well as open viewers’ eyes to the myriad contributions, needs and experiences of women who have served in the military...
To contact Christina about inquires, bookings, or upcoming performances, please submit a CONTACT form.