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Hilary Schacht


Hilary Schacht was born in the Chicago area and began studying and performing music around the world at the age of six. She graduated from the pre-professional Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and continued her music education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.


Her passion for learning, teaching, and performing has led her to explore a wide variety of musical genres and embrace a diversity of cultures. She’s been a dedicated teacher for the Festival’s Strings in Our Schools program for the past 25 years, and in the 2021–22 school year, she joined the teaching staff of the Dream Big Private Lesson Program as well.