Violist, John Batchelder is a passionate chamber musician and soloist. He is a member of the award winning Julius Quartet, the former student quartet-in-residence at The Boston Conservatory. Furthermore, John has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles such as the Hemenway Strings, Worcester Bach Consort and Plano High Symphony Orchestra, as well as participated in various summer festivals and masterclasses, such as The Banff Centre Masterclasses, the Meadowmount School of Music, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Music from Salem Viola Seminar in Salem NY. Recent performances include the Music from Salem festival, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. In 2011, John was a winner of the Davis Projects for Peace Grant for his program designed to help, encourage and teach music to the young children of the favelas of Natal, Brazil. He has recently finished a Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory under the instruction of Lila Brown, and has stepped into the role of Artistic Coordinator at Project STEP; a nonprofit, music education program.