Magical Strings West

About Us


Who We Are Today - Leadership

Musical & Executive Director, Emily Chiet (right) leads the repertory rehearsals and privately teaches a majority of the students in the perforance group, Magical Strings West. Emily's teaching approach has been shaped by many wonderful teachers over the course of 25+ years, but she is strongly influenced by the work of her mentor, Sue Mann, whose superlative teaching was an extension of the work of her childhood teacher and master pedagogue, Betty Haag (left), founder and director of the Betty Haag Academy and Magical Strings of Youth.

Our Origins

Magical Strings West was founded in 2011 to provide opportunities for committed young violinists to develop their musical skills within the framework of a top-level performance group. Magical Strings West is a California non-profit public benefit organization that offers young violinists the opportunity to participate in performances for the community, on their own merits as well as in collaboration with master teachers and guest artists.