Sherri Thal – violin/voice/songwriting

Sherri ThalSherri Thal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Summa cum Laude) from California State University, East Bay (1994). Sherri has taught and performed in the US, the UK and in the Middle East. She handled the improvisational musical duties for Playback Theater Hawaii, and has been the musical director of both The HICCUP Children’s Circus (Hawaii) and the Belfast Community Circus (Northern Ireland), creating their first ever youth bands and co-composing original music scores for their shows (1997,1999). In early 2011 she embarked on a songwriting adventure with her graduating 6th grade class that resulted in a live performance/recording of eight original pop songs co-composed by members of the class.

A talented vocal and musical arranger as well as a composer, Ms. Thal put on her “arranging hat” for the first Lava Jam Band CD “In the Beginning.” Additionally she played violin and percussion throughout the disc, which contains original songs about the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands. Sherri also played violin and sang on the all original, island folk CD, “This Life” by Intowishin’. She co-penned the title track as well as “Touch Me Gently” with Cynthia Warner. With her partner, Brent Magstadt, Sherri co-produced a four song, original music EP entitled “The Elementalz,” which features her song, “Hello.”

Sherri has been an accomplished performer of classical, jazz, rock, and acoustic music since 1980. Her venues have run the gamut from the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir to guest violin player with Michelle Shocked, as well as a choral soprano in the University of Hawaii’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in March of 2011. Sherri has graced the Hilo Palace Theater stage for roles in the musicals “Hair” and “Gypsy.” Currently an exceptional music educator in both the public (HAAS PCS Elementary General Music, grades 1-6) and private sectors (voice, violin, theory), Ms. Thal continues to perform, compose and arrange with her partner, Brent Magstadt, in their group, The Elementalz, and on her own, with genres ranging from Classical to Country Folk and from instrumentals suitable for film and T.V. to four part vocal harmony.