About Josh Terry
Get to know Josh Terry
“I started playing the violin when I was in the 5th grade, and continued to play throughout middle school and high school. During middle school I started taking violin lessons, and during my senior year of high school I participated in the state solo & ensemble festival at Central Washington University playing the first movement of ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons.’ It was also during my senior year of high school when I learned how to play the electric guitar, for which I’m self-taught.
After high school, I attended Shoreline Community College to study digital audio engineering and graduated in 2004 with an Associate of Applied Arts & Sciences degree. I’ve played guitar in church praise bands, rock and metal bands, and classic rock cover bands. I’ve also recorded original music as a solo recording artist.
In 2012, I attended Western Washington University to study violin performance and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music degree. After WWU, I attended Central Washington University to study violin performance and music education. While majoring in music education, I studied the viola.
During my studies at CWU, I had performed with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony as a violinist and the Mid-Columbia Symphony as a violist. I had also become certified to teach the Suzuki method for the violin while attending the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute. I graduated from CWU with a Master of Music degree in 2017, and a Bachelor of Music Education in 2019.
I have taught orchestra in Richland, Olympia and Tacoma, and have coached violin sections as a teaching artist for the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. I have also performed with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and South Puget Sound Community College Symphony Orchestra as a violist.
In 2021, I founded my band Startica where I write and record original rock and metal music featuring the violin as the lead instrument. In Startica, I play a 5-string electric violin and perform livestreams on Twitch at twitch.tv/starticaband
Music is my passion. I can’t imagine a life without music, or I would lose the freedom that it gives me. Teaching music allows for me to share my passion in the hopes that people will grow as individuals and gain that sense of freedom through music.”