Michelle Hatcher


Outreach Coach

Michelle Hatcher

Michelle Hatcher, violist and string specialist, is the Conductor of NJIO’s Outreach Ensemble.  She received her Bachelors and Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music.  While freelancing and teaching in NYC, she found her true passion, sharing her love of music with children.  Ms. Hatcher recently received the The Samuel Antek Award for Music Education from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout her career, Ms Hatcher has been a builder of string programs.  While receiving her Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings in NYC, she started the string program at Rutgers Preparatory School.  Having established a successful private studio in Montclair, Ms. Hatcher founded Fiddle Fun, an intensive music camp for Suzuki trained musicians to learn  how to fiddle in many styles.   For the last 11 years, Ms. Hatcher has built string programs in Newark and South Orange/Maplewood school districts.

Freelancing with the Amaryllis Ensemble, a group she co-founded with life long musician friends, she arranges and performs all styles of music.

Ms. Hatcher is also Artistic Director of the NJSO CHAMPs, an El Sistema inspired program in Newark, and Director of the NJYS Prep and Junior Strings Ensembles.