Violinist Natalie Frakes is an experienced performer and educator and believes deeply in using music as a vehicle for social change. Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition to performing, she continues to be an active advocate for musical education in underserved areas.
Natalie is a versatile violinist who enjoys playing an eclectic mix of genres and styles. She has performed with music's most talented artists (Josh Groban, 2Cellos, Michael Bublé, Kygo, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, Aretha Franklin Orchestra, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jonsi and Alex) at major venues all over the US. Natalie is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Midtown Strings and violinist and Artistic Curator for Six Mile Strings.
A passionate educator, Natalie has served as a teaching artist and conductor for a number of programs. She was Director of Orchestras for Oxford Community Schools and other experiences include positions with numerous community arts programs including Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles and MSU Community Music School-Detroit. She has been a teaching artist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's El-Sistema-inspired OrchKids, Costa Rica's Sistema de Nacional Educácion Musical, and Accent Pontiac.
Natalie currently serves at Niles West High School as Director of Orchestras, Beyond Diversity Facilitator, and educates other teachers in her Trauma-Informed Mindfulness in the Classroom course.