Ken Giles is a versatile musician and dedicated educator. With a strong passion for both classical and contemporary music, Ken has made significant contributions to the music community in Washington D.C.

Ken currently serves as a violin/viola teacher with the esteemed D.C. Youth Orchestra Program, where he shares his expertise and nurtures young talent. Prior to this, he made a lasting impact as a music teacher at DCPS Shepherd Elementary School, enriching the lives of countless students with his knowledge and love for music.

In addition to his teaching positions, Ken runs a successful private studio where he imparts his knowledge of violin, viola, and guitar to aspiring musicians. He believes in the power of diverse musical experiences and is known for incorporating a wide range of genres into his teaching, from classical repertoire to folk tunes, blues, fiddle tunes, and civil rights songs.

Outside of teaching, Ken is an active participant in the music community. He lends his voice to the renowned D.C. Labor Chorus, using music as a means to advocate for workers’ rights and social justice. Ken’s dedication to social causes also led him to be part of the folk music band “Bright Morning Star,” where he used his musical talents to promote environmental causes and social equality.

Ken’s musical journey started at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where he honed his skills as a violinist. He furthered his education at Swarthmore College and the Suzuki String Institute, expanding his knowledge and expertise in music theory and performance.

With his unwavering commitment to musical education and social activism, Ken Giles continues to inspire and shape the next generation of musicians, reminding us all of the transformative power of music.