Christian Howes is a performer, educator and producer.

Christian Howes is a performer, educator and producer.

He will be exercising the first two skills in McPherson this week.

For three days ending Saturday, he will work in clinics with the McPherson High School orchestra and other area students. Some will join him and his trio on stage for a performance Saturday at the McPherson Opera House.

“I love to go to new places, and I’m excited about the fact that we’re going to present our music and work with students in the area. It’s a big opportunity.”

Howes’ love of music has poured over into helping younger and less experienced players to accomplish their goals. He is a former associate professor at the Berklee College of Music and founded an online school for musical learning.

“I want to open up their world a little bit and hopefully make sustainable musicianship,” he said. “It’s like life-long learning. I think music should be something people can continue to enjoy as part of their personal, family and community life. That’s part of what we want to show them.”

Many musicians, he has observed, stop playing after high school or college. His desire is to help them develop an internal push to keep wanting more through improvisation and composition.

“You can own a car and learn how to drive it, but if you don’t know how to fix a flat tire or change your oil, you’re always going to be dependent on a mechanic. In the music world, I want to teach them how to think like a mechanic, by taking things apart and putting it back together.”

Howes is an accomplished violin player and has worked with names, such as Les Paul and Elton John.

He has performed worldwide and was recently nominated for the jazz violinist of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

In his local performance, attendees can expect to hear a wide variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, rock, blues, R&B and bluegrass.

He also will play pieces from his new album, “Southern Exposure,” which includes Latin and jazz music.

“I will promise they will be very surprised with the use of the violin,” he said. “Usually they have expectations, and our group sort of defies those. We blend all these different things and fuse them together in a really high-energy performance.”

The trio’s performance will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $30, $26, $22 for adults and $10 for students, and can be obtained by calling 620-241-1952 or by visiting

Those interested in local clinics may email Howes at Other resources, such as information on online schools or summer camps, are available at

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